Poe Origin and Meaning

The name Poe is a boy's name of English origin meaning "peacock".

An evocative unisex one-syllable name, Poe is most distinguished by its literary reference. Edgar Allan Poe was an influential American author and poet, credited with inventing the genres of detective and science fiction, which might provide inspiration for parents who are fans. And now its choice as the name of the hero played by Oscar Isaac in the new Star Wars movie is sure to catapult it from literary choice to major favorite.

The female singer-songwriter professionally known as Poe was born with the more prosaic name Ann.

The variant spelling Po is identified with Po Bronson, the chronicler of the technological age, and also has the geographical association with the river in northern Italy.

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Famous People Named Poe

  • Edgar Allan PoeAmerican author and poet

Poe in Pop Culture

  • Poelawyer in "Vanity Fair" (1847,8) by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The surname comes from a medieval nickname for a vain or flamboyantly dressed person (from Old Norse pá = "peacock").
  • Poe Dameroncharacter from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
  • Edgar Allan Poecharacter from "Literary Stray Dogs"