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Bardo (and other celebrity O names)

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Sandra Bullock’s choice of Bardo as her newly-adopted son’s middle name puts the spotlight back on the O names – names that begin, end, or otherwise emphasize the letter O.

We’ve always loved the O names and have taken an ever-expanding view of the category since publishing our first name book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason, in which we (shockingly, at the time) declared names that end in O such as Theo and Milo to be “So Far Out They’re In.”

Linda wrote a blog last year on popular O names, ranging from Leo to Inigo, Alessandro to Juno and including such newly-hot not-technically-ending-in-O girls’ choices as Harlow and Margot.

But Bardo wasn’t in there – though it was included on nameberry, as a German saint’s name (he was the 11th century bishop of Mainz) and also an Aboriginal name meaning water.

Bardo is also a Buddhist concept meaning “intermediate state” – significant, many say, because of Bullock’s marital woes and decision to divorce, announced at the same time as her baby’s adoption.

Wikipedia lists the Six Bardos for those who want more illumination on Bardo, as well as other people and places that have a relationship to the name.  In a more earthly realm, David Boreanz named his infant daughter Bardot, as in the surname of French star Brigitte.

Other obscure O names with celebrity connections (how’s that for a nameberry-only subgroup?) include:

ARLO – Singer Guthrie, of Alice’s Restaurant fame.
BANJO – Australian poet name chosen for her son by Rachel Griffiths.
BENICIO – del Toro.
BONO – Uni-named rock star.
BRAVO – TV Network!
CAIROEarly black supermodel Beverly Peele chose this for her now-grown daughter.
CALVINO – Surname of writer Italo.
CARUSO – Operatic icon  Enrico.
CHRISTO – The artist who co-wrapped Central Park.
COCOChanel plus the daughter of Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
COLUMBO – TV detective.
CORRADOJunior Soprano’s proper name.
CYRANO – de Bergerac.
DARKODonny.
DJANGOEarly guitarist Reinhardt.
EERO – Finnish architect Saarinen; variation of Eric.
ENZO – Not one but two celebrities chose this Italian variation of Henry for their sons, Patricia Arquette and Annabeth Gish.
FABIO – Has graced the cover of hundreds of romance novels.
FEDERICO – Rhythmic first name of Fellini.
GUIDO – Made famous by the boys of Jersey Shore.
INDIORobert Downey Jr.’s son.
INIGO – Classic British architect plus Princess Bride character.
JETHROBeverly Hillbillies hunk.
KENZO – Japanese designer and also the baby of Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou.
LASZLO – Casablanca character whose name was used for his son by columnist Joel Stein.
LAZARO – Italian version of Lazarus used by Gael Garcia Bernal.
LEONARDO – DiCaprio did much to mainstream exotic O names.
LENOJay.
LILOLindsay Lohan’s nickname.
MANOLO – Blahnik, of shoe fame.
MARCELLO – Mastroiani’s name still sounds sexy.
MARLO – Chosen by star mommy blogger Dooce.
MICHIKO – For authors wanting to curry favor with Times book critic Kakutani.
MILOLiv Tyler’s choice.
MUNRO – For fans of short story writer Alice.
NEOKeanu Reeves character in The Matrix.
NEKO – Hipster singer Neko Case.
ORLANDOHero, or is it heroine?, of Virginia Woolf novel.
PICASSOPablo.
PLACIDODomingo.
POAuthor Bronson.
PRIMOAuthor Levi.
ROCCO – Old-time Italian name chosen for her son by Madonna.
ROMEO – Romantic choice of Posh and Becks for middle of three sons.
UMBERTOAuthor Ecco.
VALENTINO – Fashion designer.
VIGGOStar Mortensen and also son of Taylor and Natalie Hanson.
YOKOLennon’s been turned into a first name, but not yet Yoko.

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