Bo Name Meaning

Danish and Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Bo ‘farmer’ (see Boe). Chinese : according to legend, some descendants of Shen Nong, a legendary emperor (2734–2697 bc), were granted an area named Bo in modern-day Shandong province, and adopted the place name as their surname. Additionally, an official of the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) was granted a town named Bo in modern-day Henan province, and his descendants also adopted the place name as their surname. The character also means ‘thin’ or ‘slim’, and ‘weak’. Chinese : from the name of Bo Yi, a famous adviser to the model emperors Shun and Yao around 2200 bc. This character also means ‘oldest brother’, and is often used as a personal name with this sense. Vietnamese: unexplained. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bao, Bu, Ba, Mo, So, Boe, Po, Bi, Bos, Ko

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In 1880, Farmer and Laborer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bo. The most common Bo occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Bo's were Farmers.

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Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Bo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bo in 1962 was 51, and 64 in 2003.

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