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Gender: M Meaning of Beau: "handsome" Origin of Beau: French Beau's Popularity in 2012: #311

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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 311. 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

Beau Garrett - American actress
Beau Billingslea - American actor
Beau Burchell - guitarist for Saosin
Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges - American actor
Beau Bokan - American singer
Beau MacMillan - American chef
(William) Beau Mirchoff - American actor
Richard "Beau" Nash (1674-1762) - British dandy
Beau Dykstra - son of actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Beau Brooks - Member of the Janoskians
Beau Devin Cassidy - son of Ameican actor/singer David Cassidy
Beau Brady, Australian actor
Beau Bennett, American hockey player

Pop Culture References for the Name Beau

Beau (Beauregard) Brady - character on soap opera "Days of our Lives"
Beau Hutton - character from the movie Country Strong
Beau Hackman - from TV series "Lie To Me"
Beau Berkhalter, character in Lifetime's "The Client List"
Beau, Teddy's ex boyfriend from Good Luck Charlie