What's in a name

By Clair Whitefield, Editor-in-chief | October 10th 2019

So what's in a name? Quite a lot as it goes and ours is Bó. We know it's unusual, but say it again, Bó.

Doesn't it sound nice? You pronounce Bó the same way you would go, low, yo, mow, row, dough! It's the fada (the acute accent) over the o that turns the 'o' into an 'oh' sound.

So we're Bó or Bo. We're most definitely not BO. That's an acronym for body odour and we're a banking app here to help everyone do money better.

Why are we called Bó?

Well it's because we like the way it sounds. It's warm and friendly, gentle even. We also like it because Bó doesn't mean anything in English so it's a word that we can own, that will grow with us and become associated with what we're trying to do.

We get asked this all the time. That fleck above our 'o' - the thing that looks like the spark from a bright idea, is called a Fada.

We know what you're thinking!

We get asked this all the time. That fleck above our 'o' - the thing that looks like the spark from a bright idea, is called a Fada. It's an accent from Irish and it's what turns a short 'o' into a longer 'oh' sound. So you pronounce Bó in the same way you would so, no and low. You get it. And if you let your mind run on a bit, we're sure you'll come up with some others.

Choose it or lose it, we don't mind

If you're looking for us online you'll find us if you type Bó or Bo in the App store or on Google play. We'll also pop up if you Google Bó or Bo.

We love our fada, it's unique, changes how we look and how we sound, but you don't have to use it! You can find us anywhere you want to without typing it in. Try it and see!

But if you do want to make a Fada here's how

On your phone hold down the 'o' and it will pop up as an option.

How to type the Bó fada on a keyboard:
-In Outlook - ctrl + alt + o
-In Word - Ctrl + ‘ + o
-On a Mac - press the option key and e together and then hit o
-On iOS / Android - Hold down o on the keyboard and the ó option will appear
-In Windows- Alt Gr + o OR Alt + 0234

As we said, there's quite a lot in a name, especially ours.

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You must be 18 or over and a UK tax resident to be eligible for a Bó account. You’ll also need an iPhone on iOS 10 (or later) or an Android phone with 6.0 Marshmallow or above.

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Bó is part of National Westminster Bank Plc (“NatWest”), registered in England and Wales (Registered Number 929027). Registered Office: 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. NatWest is entered on the Financial Services Register and its Register number is 121878. The Financial Services Register can be accessed at www.fca.org.uk/register. NatWest's registered VAT number is GB 243852752.

Bó is protected by The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Read more here.

* If you have accounts with Bó and NatWest, the maximum you would be able to claim across all accounts combined is £85,000.

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