Gender: Female Meaning of Picabo: "silver creek" Origin of Picabo: Native American

Picabo Origin and Meaning

The name Picabo is a girl's name of Native American origin meaning "silver creek".

Olympic skier Picabo Street was allowed to choose her name at the age of three, and picked it possibly (a) after a nearby Idaho town or (b) because she loved to play peekaboo. No longer a single-person name, it is now worn by a number of satisfied bearers.

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DougJohnson Says:


YES! Go for it. We love the name Picabo!

DougJohnson Says:


Thanks for the links. I read them and am even more intrigued by the name Picabo.

If we were having a daughter, I would diffidently consider it!

DougJohnson Says:


Incredible article Joy. I like the name Picabo too

EvaThyssen Says:


I can see you...

Joy Says:


I say GO FOR IT!!!

I've done a lot of research on the effects of different names on children:

Read this link from the New York Times:

Here are some quotes from the article:

"The authors also interviewed adults today who had survived names like Candy Stohr, Cash Guy, Mary Christmas, River Jordan and Rasp Berry. All of them, even Happy Day, seemed untraumatized."

“They were very proud of their names, almost overly proud,” Mr. Sherrod said. “We asked if that was a reaction to getting pummeled when they were little, but they said they didn’t get that much ribbing. They did get a little tired of hearing the same jokes, but they liked having an unusual name because it made them stand out.”

"But they have found one major positive factor: a better sense of self-control. It’s not that you fight more, but that you learn how to let stuff roll off your back.”

GoHuskers Says:


That is really interesting busymommy.

Norwayelly Says:


People always forget my name too :(

Whitewater23 Says:


I met a Picabo once too! She must be in her early 40's now. Somehow I never forgot her - her name left an impression :) Sometimes I wish I had a unique name . . . My name is Mary, and strangely people always forget me name!!

Whitewater23 Says:


I can too!

Grandma Donna Says:


I could see a little Picabo runnng around!👍👍

And "Peak" for short!

Grandma Donna Says:


Looks like you did a lot of research. Diffidently a fun unique name! I'm attracted to the "Friend" meaning the most I think. I'm a fan 🙂

ngrov Says:


Thanks for the info!! What a cool name with such rich meaning. I love it!

busymommy Says:


We love learning about Native American culture, and the name Picabo piqued our interest!

"Picabo" is the Shoshone word for "Friend". (According to historian Sandy Nestor in her book, Indian Placenames in America). Others have said that "Picabo" is the Indian word for "Shining Waters"

We really like the name Picabo and give it a big two thumbs up!! Is it just me, or is the spelling super cute?

In case you want to research further - here are a couple of books:

Dr Sue Says:


I LOVE this name! Actually I went to college with a gal named Picabo. She was well respected and liked her name. She was obviously well known and easily remembered. She once told me that her named taught her to be easy going - makes sense if you know her. Her name describes her personality perfectly! I heard Picabo is an old Native American word that means, "Shining Waters". Anyone know if this is true?

snowsbeloved Says:


Care to share? You've piqued my interest.

Zelliew Says:


The origin of this name is a strange little story

Essa Says:


I definitely read 'peek-a-boo'.