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Gao Family History

Gao Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the area of Gao in the state of Qi during the Western Zhou dynasty (1122–771 bc). A son of the royal family of Qi was granted the area of Gao, and subsequently his descendants adopted Gao as their surname.

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

Similar surnames: Mao, Cao, Guo, Bao, Gan, Tao, Hao, Lao, Rao, Yao

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Where is the Gao family from?

You can see how Gao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gao family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Gao families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Gao families living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Gao's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Gao families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gao surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gao ancestors do for a living?

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

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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 200 census records available for the last name Gao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gao 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 343 immigration records available for the last name Gao. 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 25 military records available for the last name Gao. For the veterans among your Gao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gao lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Gao in 1963 was 63, and 67 in 2004.

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