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Favourite spelling of the name Beau

(153 Posts)
mummarichardson Thu 21-Sep-17 14:28:16

Just found out we are having a girl, our favourite name is Beau but I am stuck on the spelling as since Beau has become more popular as I know a few boys called Beau and that spelling feels more like a boys name to me.

I really like Bo but husband hates the fact that when she spells it, she will have to say B O as in 'I have bad BO'. Do get his point to be fair.

Then there is Bow but to me that just looks like an object rather than a name.

Which do you think is best?

kaytee87 Thu 21-Sep-17 14:29:23


7to25 Thu 21-Sep-17 14:30:39


FrancisCrawford Thu 21-Sep-17 14:31:35

Not Beau as that is masculine

HarrietVane99 Thu 21-Sep-17 14:32:06

Beau is a boy's name. It's the masculine form of 'beautiful' in French. The female equivalent is Belle.

Xeneth88 Thu 21-Sep-17 14:32:41


Beau is a masculine name/word.

dotdotdotmustdash Thu 21-Sep-17 14:33:45

Beau can't be a feminine spelling as the word is a masculine french word.

noun: beau; plural noun: beaux; plural noun: beaus

a boyfriend or male admirer.
synonyms:boyfriend, sweetheart, lover, fiancé, darling, partner, significant other, escort, young man, admirer, suitor, follower; More
informalsteady, date, toy boy, fancy man, fella;
"she was approached by three potential beaux"
a rich, fashionable young man; a dandy.
synonyms:dandy, fop, gallant, cavalier, man about town; More

FluffyNinja Thu 21-Sep-17 14:33:56


Eminybob Thu 21-Sep-17 14:34:19

There is only one spelling of the name Beau.
But it is a boys name.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 21-Sep-17 14:34:22

Beau is as mentioned above the masculine form of the french word for beautiful although actress Bo Derek did have the "B" "o" spelling for her name. I don't think I could lumber a child with the possibility that other kids were call her B-O

MieMoosMummy Thu 21-Sep-17 14:35:50

My daughter's middle name is Bo.
I did get asked by grandparents about the spelling but I just said 'Bo as in Bo peep'

FrancisCrawford Thu 21-Sep-17 14:36:44

Bo Dereks real name is Mary

Eminybob Thu 21-Sep-17 14:36:54

Bo isn't Bo Dereks real name (it's Mary)

Hayesking Thu 21-Sep-17 14:38:18

Beau is a boys name. And you spell it Beau.

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 21-Sep-17 14:39:34

I know a few Bo's but they are all male and from Sweden
Beau is a boys name but if that doesn't bother you then go for it.

dotdotdotmustdash Thu 21-Sep-17 14:41:45

Since Beau, Bow and Bo don't work for you, how about Boe? It's odd but it would give you the sound you want.

Hayesking Thu 21-Sep-17 14:42:46


loveinanelevator Thu 21-Sep-17 14:44:00

Beaux a friend of dd has this name, I love it

FrancisCrawford Thu 21-Sep-17 14:44:01


Sounds like Bach gone wonky

Or the prelude to vomiting

WhatToDoAboutThis2017 Thu 21-Sep-17 14:45:24

For a girl? Belle.

Beau is a boy's name, and that is the only correct spelling.

FrancisCrawford Thu 21-Sep-17 14:46:07


That is the plural of the masculine adjective Beau.

So it is doubly wrong to call a single (as in only one, not unattached!) girl "Beaux"

loveinanelevator Thu 21-Sep-17 14:48:43

But does it really matter if the parents like the name? I opted for traditional names that other people dislike but it would not have affected my decision to choose those names.
Op if you like the name go for it smile

ProfessorCat Thu 21-Sep-17 14:48:51

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PoppyPopcorn Thu 21-Sep-17 14:49:36

Beau feels like a boy's spelling because it is a boy's name.

I think you mean Belle.

mummarichardson Thu 21-Sep-17 14:56:24

Well I genuinely didn't realise the spelling Beau was masculine I got it from a baby name app which said it was unisex. See photo attached. Also distantly know of two female Bo's admittedly not spelt Beau though.

Professor Crawford think your response says more about your intelligence/character then mine.

Thanks to those who answered the original question.

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