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Rao Name Meaning

Italian: from a shortened form of the ancient Germanic personal name Radulfo composed of the elements hrōd ‘fame renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. Compare the English name Ralph . Indian (southern and western states of India and Orissa): name found in several communities based on Sanskrit rājā ‘king’. The element -rao is freely added to male personal names in certain communities of Maharashtra Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 饒 meaning ‘rich abundant’ in Chinese: (i) from Rao (饒) the name of a fief (located in Raoyang in Hebei province) granted to Chang’an Jun (‘Lord of Chang’an’) by King Daoxiang of Zhao (ruler of the state of Zhao died 236 BC) during the late Warring States period (475–221 BC). (ii) from Rao (饒) the name of a fief (located in Qingzhou in Shandong province) granted to an official in the state of Qi during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). (iii) from Rao (饒) the name of an ancient state during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (iv) said to be borne by some descendants of the legendary emperor Yao (c. 24th century BC).

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

Similar surnames: Raj, Rai, Ram, Bao, Mao, Rau, Ray, Cao, Raco, Gao

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You can see how Rao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rao family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Rao families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 34 Rao families living in New York. This was about 39% of all the recorded Rao's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rao families in 1920.
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What did your Rao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rao. 18% of Rao men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Rao women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rao were Salesman and New Worker. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Barber
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Dressmaker
  • Clerk
  • New Worker
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Rao lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Rao in 1943 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

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