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Chao Family History

Chao Name Meaning
Chinese : variant of Zhao.Chinese : variant of Chow 1.Chinese : variant of Cao.Chinese : the Chinese character for this name means ‘nest’. Its use as a surname has its origin in Chao Lake in modern Anwei province. The lake gave its name to the state of Chao, which dates back to the Yin dynasty (1401–1122 bc). The name of the state of Chao was in turn adopted by descendants of its ruling class.Portuguese (Chão) and Galician: from a common field name derived from Latin planus ‘level’, ‘even’, ‘flat’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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8,734 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
112 Military Records
5,627 Immigration Records
691 Census and Voter Lists
630 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Chao Families

  • Number of Chao families
     2 - 2
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Chao families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
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    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Chao Family Origin

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Chao Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Chao

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Chao Family Occupations

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Military Service by Chao

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