EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Clipping or hypochoristic form of various female given names beginning with Jo..., primarily Joan, Joanna, &c. but also Josephine and Jolene.

Doublet of Ivanka, Jan, Janelle, Janet, Janey, Janine, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeannette, Jeannine, Jen, Jenna, Jenny, Jessie, Jody, Juanita, Shanae, Sinead, and Vanna in reference to the first derivation.

Proper nounEdit

Jo

  1. A female given name.
    • 1888 Marietta Holley: Josiah Allen's Wife as a P.A. and P.I.: Samantha at the Centennial: page 577:
      "Its name is Samantha Jo, after Josiah and me. You know they call girls Jo and Josie a sight lately; its name is agreeable to Josiah and me, very.
Usage notesEdit

Primarily used as a nickname but also occasionally used as a formal given name, especially in conjoined names such as Jo Ann and Mary Jo.

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Etymology 2Edit

Variant of Joe, diminutive form of Joseph, Josiah, &c., q.v.

Proper nounEdit

Jo

  1. (rare) Alternative form of Joe.
    • 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, “Chapter XI”, in Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1853, OCLC 999756093:
      Name, Jo. Nothing else that he knows on. Don't know that everybody has two names. Never heerd of sich a think. Don't know that Jo is short for a longer name. Thinks it long enough for him. He don't find no fault with it. Spell it? No. He can't spell it.
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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

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  • Rhymes: -oː

Proper nounEdit

Jo f

  1. a female given name, a pet name diminutive of Johanna or Josefien

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jo m or f

  1. a unisex given name, a pet name diminutive of Joanne, Joanna, Josée, José, Joseph, etc.

GermanEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jo m

  1. (biblical, rare) Abbreviation of Johannes (Gospel of John): Joh.

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From jo (yes).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Jo m (uncountable)

  1. a yes

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NorwegianEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jo

  1. a male given name, short form of Jon (= John)
  2. (rare) a female given name, from Old Norse jór, horse
  3. (rare) a female given name, short for Josefine, Johanne etc.