Rao Family History
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Rao Name Meaning
Italian: from a reduced form of the personal name Radulfo, composed of hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’ (see Rolf). Indian (southern and western states and Orissa): Hindu name found among several communities, from Sanskrit raja ‘king’. It is freely added by men to their forename in several communities of Maharashtra, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh. Chinese : from the name of an area called Rao, which existed in the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press