Bardo (and other celebrity O names)

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.
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.
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.
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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Kem Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 12:34 am

Dooce named her daughter Marlo, not Margo as you have listed.

Oh how I do love the -o names. My current fave is Indigo.

Leia Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 4:39 am

Actually it’s Iñigo, not Inigo.
I’m not particularly a huge fan of -o names, but I love Milo 🙂

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 8:22 am

Ooops, you’re right, Kem! Still fits, though….

Madeleine Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 8:37 am

David Boreanaz and his wife Jaime Bergman named their daughter Bardot Vita.

Madeleine Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 8:38 am

Oh geez, should have thoroughly read through – I see its already included.

Needless to say – great list. Love this trend.

Sachiko Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

love ’em. Also love Indigo. I ran across a mommy blogger based in NY with a daughter named Indigo–she nned her “Inky” which I thought was darling. Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I love O names. But Bardo reminds me of Bardot 🙂

GRA Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Carlo is another great -o name I don’t see on here often; nice Italian name, perfect for a dark-haired little boy!

EvanescenceDolly Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Robert Downey Jr’s son is named Indio not Indigo.

MutantAnemone Says:

April 30th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Don’t forget Shiloh! 🙂

Annika Says:

May 1st, 2010 at 9:22 am

What about Hugo?

danielle8933 Says:

May 1st, 2010 at 5:51 pm


Andrea Says:

May 1st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I don’t particularly care for names ending in “o.” Milo seems like too much of a Hollywood name. I wonder if Sandra Bullock has the Buddhist term in mind, though.

rollo Says:

May 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Sorry but Bardo with the ‘t’ Bardot is all sex kitten and Brigitte to me.

Definitely a name for the girl’s, so my comment is poor little man saddled with a feminine name.

Ecstatic that Margot is making a comeback. It is a classy, sophisticated and stylish name.

abbey Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 5:05 am

I love Inigo, but when I ask opinions on it, all I ever get is “No way… prepare to die” comments. It’s a bit dismaying actually. It’s put me off using it. Do others agree?

I can’t see the kids born in 2011 knowing about the Princess Bride too much. I like the architect connotations and would probably call him Iggy most of the time.

I have a little Theo (Theodore). I adore this name 🙂

LyndsayJenness Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 1:01 am

Abbey all I can think is, “My name is Inigo Montoya, prepare to die”… but that’s not necessarily bad. I know I’ll make my kids watch the Princess Bride, but I don’t know that all kids will know it… it IS a classic though, so maybe they will. Iggy is one of my favorite nicknames, Inigo is a great way to get to it.

Sunshinetina Says:

May 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Before Kimora used the name Kenzo, it was the name of the grandson on the Britcom My Fanily. I hated it then (it’s about 5 years old now) and I hate it now.

Kerri Koch Says:

May 26th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

If I had a quarter for every time I came to! Great article.

Virgil Stout Says:

May 30th, 2010 at 12:21 am

If I had a buck for every time I came here.. Great article.

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Shower Pump Says:

December 3rd, 2010 at 3:25 am

i had a huge crush on Sandar Bullock when i was still in college, for me, she is the prettiest actress :.~

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