Beau

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Gender: M Meaning of Beau: "handsome" Origin of Beau: French Beau's Popularity in 2014: #228

Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm--a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own--this year ranking at Number 270. Beau has been on the Social Security list non-stop since 1967, reaching a high of Number 203 in 1980.

Beau also has something of a dapper image, thanks to the fashionable Beau Brummell (born George), which led to the stylish New York mayor Jimmy Walker being called Beau James. Other notable Beaus had more formal names at birth--Beaus Bridges and Biden were both the third sons in their families to carry their fathers' names--Lloyd Vernet Bridges III and Joseph Robinette Biden III.

The novel Beau Geste was a major bestseller in its day and was also a popular movie--in that case Michael was the character's birth name, and many will remember that the child of Ashley and Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind was called Beau, and there was also a Beau on the old TV western Maverick.

And if you want a more substantial name on the birth certificate, try Beauregard.

Art Garfunkel, Emma Bunton, Wendy Wilson, and now Jamie-Lynn Sigler all have sons named Beau.

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Famous People Named Beau

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell, English dandy
Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges, American actor
Beau Billingslea, American actor
(Eldon) Beau Boulter, U.S. Congressman from Texas
Beau Burchell, American guitarist for Saosin
Beau Mark Bokan, American singer of Blessthefall
Beau MacMillan, American celebrity chef
(William) Beau Mirchoff, American actor
Beau Michael Brinkley, American NFL football player
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden, American politician; son of Vice President Joe Biden
James John "Jimmy" Walker aka Beau James, American politician
Richard "Beau" Nash, British dandy
Beau Brooks, Australian comedian of YouTube group The Janoskians
Beau Brady, Australian actor
Beau Kazer, Canadian actor
Beau Hoopman, American Olympic rower
Beau Daniel Bennett, American hockey player
Beau Jesse Garrett, American actress
Beau Dykstra, son of actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Beau Devin Cassidy, son of actor/singer David Cassidy
Beau Katherine Brower (b. 2014), daughter of Ned Brower

Pop Culture References for the Name Beau

Beauregard "Beau" Brady, character on American soap opera "Days of our Lives"
Beau Maverick, character on TV's "Maverick"
Beau Hutton, character in film "Country Strong"
Beau Hackman, character on TV's "Lie To Me"
Beau Berkhalter, character on TV's "The Client List"
Beau, Teddy's ex-boyfriend on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"

Variations: Bo, Bowe

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