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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

Similar surnames: Cao, Cho, Chan, Zhao, Chau, Bao, Chai, Shao, Hao, Cha

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Where is the Chao family from?

You can see how Chao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chao family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Chao families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 2 Chao families living in California. This was about 12% of all the recorded Chao's in the USA. California and 4 other states had the highest population of Chao families in 1920.
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What did your Chao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Chao. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 714 census records available for the last name Chao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chao census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Chao. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Chao. For the veterans among your Chao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chao lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Chao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Chao in 1961 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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