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Jo Name Meaning

Chinese and Korean: variant of Cho. Japanese(Jo): ‘castle’. The same character is also pronounced Shiro. A noble family in Echigo (now Niigata prefecture) named Jo was descended from the Taira clan. Another name pronounced similarly, written with the character meaning ‘emotion’, is found in Okinawa. Hungarian (Jó): nickname from jó ‘good’.

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

Similar surnames: Ko, Ji, No, So, Joo, Bo, Mo, Job, Joe, Go

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You can see how Jo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jo family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Jo families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Jo family living in Louisiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Jo's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Jo families in 1840.
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What did your Jo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jo. 56% of Jo men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Jo women worked as a Cook. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Jo. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Jo. For the veterans among your Jo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jo lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Jo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Jo in 1962 was 52, and 88 in 2004.

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