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Luo Name Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 羅 meaning ‘net for catching birds’ or ‘to collect’ in Chinese: (i) from Luo (羅) the name of an ancient state (located in present-day Hubei province). After it was annexed by the state of Chu during the early Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) people from the state migrated southwards and adopted Luo (羅) as their surname. (ii) from the Po Duo Luo (破多羅) and Chi Luo (叱羅) families from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China who changed their original surnames to 羅 during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iii) from the personal name Hu Se Luo (斛瑟羅) leader of an ancient Turkic tribe who are believed to have migrated to China during the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD). His descendants inherited his name Hu Se Luo (斛瑟羅) as their surname and shortened it to 羅 during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iv) from the name of one of the seven families from the Bandun Man an ethnic group residing in ancient southwestern China (located mainly in present-day Sichuan province). Mandarin form of the surname 駱 referring to a ‘white horse with a black mane’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the personal name Luo (駱) style name of a prince in the state of Qi (located mainly in present-day Shandong province). (ii) from the name of Da Luo (大駱) a descendant of an official during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). His eldest son Cheng established a state named after his father's name Da Luo (大駱) (location unknown). After it was annexed by a minority ethnic group in northwestern China during the reign of King Li of Zhou (died 828 BC) people from the state adopted Luo (駱) as their surname. (iii) from the personal name Luo (駱) personal name of a royal member in the state of Zheng (located in part of present-day Shaanxi and Henan provinces) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iv) from the Tuo Luo Ba family (佗駱拔 also written as 他駱拔 他駱伏 地駱拔) from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China who changed their original surname to 駱 during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (v) a surname of the Tuyuhun ethnic group originating in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907–960 AD). Mandarin form of the surname 雒 meaning ‘owlet’: (i) said to be traced back to Luo Yao (雒陶) a friend of the legendary Emperor Shun (c. 23rd century BC). (ii) from Luo (雒) the name of an ancient state (possibly located in present-day Henan province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iii) from the first element of Luo Shui (雒水 literally meaning ‘Luo River’) the name of a branch (located in Shaanxi province) of the Yellow River.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Lu, Guo, Huo, Lao, Sui, Cui, Leo, Lum, Luk, Luc

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You can see how Luo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Luo family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1901 and 1920. The most Luo families were found in USA in 1920, and Scotland in 1901. In 1920 there were 2 Luo families living in Massachusetts. This was about 40% of all the recorded Luo's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Luo families in 1920.
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What did your Luo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Carpenter was the top reported job for people in the USA named Luo. 50% of Luo men worked as a Carpenter. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Carpenter
    50%
  • Clerk
    50%
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Between 1978 and 2004, in the United States, Luo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Luo in 1978 was 34, and 81 in 2004.

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