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Mo Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a place called Mo City (), said to have been founded by Zhuan Xu, legendary emperor who lived in the 26th century bc. The current Chinese character for Mo replaces another, rare or obsolete character. Another source of this name was a government post called Mo’ao, which existed during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Chu. Descendants of a holder of the post adopted the first character of the title as their surname. Chinese : variant of Wu 5. Chinese : variant of Mao 1. Chinese : variant of Wu 3. Norwegian: variant of Moe.

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


Similar surnames: Bo, Mao, Mu, Ma, Mou, Ko, To, Mok, So, Qi

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Where is the Mo family from?

You can see how Mo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Mo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 16 Mo families living in Minnesota. This was about 59% of all the recorded Mo's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Mo families in 1880.
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What did your Mo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Proprietor and School Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mo. 20% of Mo men worked as a Proprietor and 34% of Mo women worked as a School Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mo were New Worker and Saleslady.

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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

  • Proprietor
    20%
  • Manager
    15%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • New Worker
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • School Teacher
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Saleslady
    34%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mo. 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 Mo. For the veterans among your Mo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mo lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Mo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Mo in 1959 was 42, and 65 in 2004.

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