Bo (given name)

Bo is a mainly Swedish/Danish masculine given name, derived from the Old Norse verb búa ("to reside"). A variant of Bo is the Swedish Bosse. Bo is uncommon as a surname. Bo is also short for names including Beaufort, Beauregard, Bonita, or Bonnie; it is also a less common shortening of the name Robert, which is usually shortened to Bob. It can also be a shortening of the name James, which is usually shortened to Jimmy, Jim, or Jimbo.

Notable peopleEdit

Given nameEdit


  • Bo Belinsky (1936–2001), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Bo Bice (born 1975), American singer who placed second on the fourth season of American Idol
  • Bo Bruce (born 25 November 1984), English singer-songwriter
  • Gudmundur S. (Bo) Bodvarsson (1952–2006), Icelandic hydrogeologist
  • Bo Bolinger (1932–2011), American football player
  • Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte (1805–1870), American farmer, son of Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Jérôme and Elizabeth Patterson
  • Bo Brown (1906–1996), American cartoonist
  • Bo Burnham (born 1990), American singer songwriter/comedian
  • Bo Burris (born 1944), American retired National Football League player
  • Bo Callaway (April 2, 1927 – March 15, 2014), American politician and businessman
  • Bo Cornell (born 1949), American retired National Football League player
  • Israel "Bo" Curtis (1932-2012), African-American educator and politician
  • Bo Derek (born 1956), American actress
  • Bo Diddley (1928–2008), American R&B and Chicago blues musician
  • Bo Goldman (born September 10, 1932), American writer, Broadway playwright, and screenwriter
  • Bo Gritz (born January 18, 1939), American former US Army officer and perennial candidate
  • Bo Halldórsson (born 16 April 1951), Icelandic pop singer
  • Bo Hines (born 1995), American football player and politician
  • Bo Hopkins (born 1942), American actor
  • Bo Horvat (born 1995), Canadian hockey player
  • Bo Jackson (born 1962), American former National Football League and Major League Baseball player
  • Bo Kimble (born 1966), American basketball player
  • Bo Lamar (born 1951), American former basketball player
  • Bo McCalebb (born May 4, 1985), American-Macedonian professional basketball player
  • Bo Mitchell (born September 5, 1970), representative in the Tennessee House of Representatives
  • Bo Outlaw (born 1971), American former National Basketball Association player
  • Bo Pelini (born 1967), American college football head coach
  • Bo Rein (July 20, 1945 – January 10, 1980), American, football player, baseball player, and football coach
  • Bo Roberson (July 23, 1935 – April 15, 2001), American, track and field athlete, and football player
  • Bo Robinson (born 1956), American retired National Football League player
  • Bo Ryan (born 1947), American college basketball coach and former player
  • Bo Schembechler (1929–2006), American football player, college head coach and administrator
  • Bo Snerdley, pseudonym of James Golden (radio personality)
  • Bo Songvisava (born 1979/1980), Thai chef
  • Bo Welch (born November 30, 1951), American production designer, art director, film and TV director, actor

Fictional charactersEdit

  • Bo Adams, main character in the Believe TV series
  • Bo Abobo from the video game Double Dragon
  • Bo, a character from the video game Brawl Stars
  • Bo Brady, in the soap opera Days of Our Lives
  • Bo Buchanan, in the soap opera One Life to Live
  • Bo Callahan, main draft prospect in the movie Draft Day
  • Bo Cocky, the main protagonist in the 2006 film Supertwink
  • Bo (Lost Girl) (Bo Dennis), protagonist of the Canadian TV series Lost Girl
  • Bo Duke, one of the main characters in The Dukes of Hazzard TV series
  • Bo Monkey, a main character in the Nickelodeon TV series Fresh Beat Band of Spies
  • Bo Orlov, a character in the Netflix series Grand Army
  • Little Bo Peep, from a nursery rhyme
  • Bo' Rai Cho, in the Mortal Kombat video game series
  • Bo Sheep, in the U.S. Acres comic strip
  • Bo Sinclair, in the 2005 film House of Wax
  • Bo, a cheetah from the British animated TV series Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies
  • Bo, a cartoon character in Muse magazine
  • Bo, an orphan named "Boniface" in the Cornelia Funke novel The Thief Lord
  • Bo, the main protagonist of the 2017 animated film The Star
  • Bo Hess from the movie Signs

See alsoEdit