Jo Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Jo:
A short form of the various female names containing the element Jo, it is also popularly used as an element in combination names such as Mary Jo and Jo Ellen.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Primarily used as a nickname for Josephine, Joanna, Joanne, Jolene, Joan, etc. Regarded as a "tomboy" name thanks to the characters named Jo from the book "Little Women" and the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life."
Also used often as a middle name.
I like Jo for a middle name. I think Mary Jo is a bright, happy sounding name.
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My middle name until I had it legally changed. I think Jo can be a good name for a girl, but the boys name Joe is too overused, so to me, it will always be a boys' name. I've known some women named Jo, and their names seemed to fit them, but I never liked it for myself. People expect you to be a tomboy, and I was a girly-girl.
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Jo Durie, retired English female tennis player
Jo Ellis (born 1983), English field hockey forward
Jo Frost (born 1970), English nanny, writer and TV hostess
Jô Soares (born 1938), Brazilian comedian, talk show host, author and musician
Jo Kamisaku, also known as Kamisaku Jo, a Japanese criminal
Jo Stafford (1917-2008), American singer of traditional pop music
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Jo March, a character in the novel Little Women and its sequels
Jo Stockton, heroine of the musical and film Funny Face
Jo Reynolds, character on the '90s TV series Melrose Place
Jo, one of the main characters of anime series Burst Angel
Jo, a crossing sweeper in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House
Jo Grant, Dr. Who companion (1971-73)
Joanna Marie "Jo" Polniaczek, character on the '80s sitcom The Facts of Life
Joanne Gardner, lead character from the soap opera Search for Tomorrow
Jo Harvelle, character from the show Supernatural