Gender: Male Pronunciation: Bo Meaning of Beau: "handsome" Origin of Beau: French Beau's Popularity in 2018: #151

Beau Origin and Meaning

The name Beau is a boy's name of French origin meaning "handsome".

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. Beau has been on the Social Security list non-stop since 1969.

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.

P.C. Wren's 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. 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, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and now Tori Spelling all have sons named Beau.

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Rank in US: #151

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oliviamcdonald Says:


Maybe a more elegant “Bowie”

Wildmoonchild Says:


Love the sound and look, especially for a little one. But I can't quite get past the whole 'boyfriend' terminology.

Theodora Graham Says:


Great for a dog, insubstantial for a human. I do like the Southern charm that Beau has, though.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


No, you're not. Though my distaste for it has less to do with the meaning, and more to do with the fact that I just don't like the sound.

IsobelT Says:


I'm a little surprised I like this, actually. It's kinda cute :)

mimmimus Says:


I have loved this name for ages. My fave boys name by far. Love love love

kxlly0614 Says:


Am I the only one that doesn't get the appeal of this name? Beau is the masculine word for beautiful in French, and it's just like calling your kid Beautiful/Handsome. Also, Beaux is the plural form of Beau, which I still don't see the appeal for. But if you like this name, go for it!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I do like Beau, but I feel like the spelling Beaux is a bit more masculine.

headintheclouds Says:


I really love the sound and spelling of Beau- elegant, clean and suited to its meaning, handsome. However, just as I shy away from using Belle as a girl's name (as opposed to Isabelle or Annabelle), I wouldn't want to name my child something that blatantly means only "good-looking". Also I find Beau too short as a full name, but Beauregard to get to Beau is too much for real-life use.

.. Says:


I love this name, especially for a guy.

snowsbeloved Says:


After the Bowe Bergdahl incident, this name was done for me...

kertheshe Says:


Hell no