Tao Name Meaning

Chinese : according to tradition, from Tao Tangshi, the name of the emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc), first of the three model emperors, before he came to power. A branch of his descendants retained the surname Tao. Another source of this surname is the word for ‘pottery’; this is traced back to a descendant of the second of the three model emperors, Shun (2257–2205 bc). During the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc), this descendant was in charge of the manufacture of pottery. As the character for Tao also means ‘pottery’ and was part of his official title, his descendants adopted Tao as their surname. Japanese: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Tan, Cao, Mao, Bao, Yao, Lao, Gao, Hao, To, Tano

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Tao Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Tao occupation in the USA was Clerk. 100% of Tao's were Clerks.

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Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Tao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Tao in 1955 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

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