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Shao Name Meaning

Chinese : from an altered form of the place name Zhao. Zhao Gongshi was the senior statesman of the Zhou under four successive kings; he played an important role in administration of the kingdom and the establishment of the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). He was granted the area of Zhao (); his descendants added to the character for Zhao a component which meant city or county, thus creating the character for Shao, , which they adopted as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Zhao, Shan, Chao, Hao, Shaw, Bao, Qiao, Shah, Sha, Rao

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Where is the Shao family from?

You can see how Shao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shao family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shao families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Shao family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Shao's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Shao families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shao surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Shao. 100% of Shao men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 420 census records available for the last name Shao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shao census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 839 immigration records available for the last name Shao. 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 762 military records available for the last name Shao. For the veterans among your Shao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shao lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Shao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Shao in 1966 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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