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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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Where is the Tao family from?

You can see how Tao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tao family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Tao families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Tao families living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded Tao's in the USA. California had the highest population of Tao families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tao surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tao. 75% of Tao men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Tao women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tao were Salesman and Farm Hand.

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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
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
  • Laborer
  • Farm Hand
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What Tao family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 615 census records available for the last name Tao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tao 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Tao. 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 743 military records available for the last name Tao. For the veterans among your Tao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tao lifespan?

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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