Meaning and Origin of: Bo

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Norse : To live or dwell
  • Hebrew : Strong and fast
  • Scandinavian : Commanding
  • French : Beautiful

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Last name origin & 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.

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