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Mao Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of an area called Mao, in present-day Henan province, during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc. Bo Dan, the ninth son of Wen Wang, was granted this following the establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc). In due course his descendants adopted the place name Mao as their surname. This character also means ‘hair’ or ‘feather’. This was the family name of Mao Zedong (1893–1976), the Chinese Communist Party chairman. Chinese : another son of Wen Wang—the third, Mao Shu—was granted a different state, whose name is also pronounced Mao. Descendants adopted the name of this state as their surname. This character also means ‘thatched’ or ‘type of grass used in thatching’. Cambodian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Bao, Cao, Man, Mo, Tao, Miao, Gao, Ma, Lao, Hao

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

In 1940, Baker was the top reported job for people in the US named Mao. 34% of Mao men worked as a Baker.

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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

  • Baker
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Knitter
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Mao. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Mao. For the veterans among your Mao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mao lifespan?

Between 1971 and 2004, in the United States, Mao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1986, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Mao in 1971 was 79, and 70 in 2004.

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