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Yao Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of an ancient place (Yao Ruins), in present-day Henan province. According to legend, the model emperor Shun (2257–2205 bc) was conceived and born here, after his mother was so greatly moved by the beauty of a rainbow that she became pregnant. Some of Shun’s descendants later adopted the place name Yao as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Mao, Tao, Hao, Yan, Bao, Cao, Lao, Gao, Kan, Cho

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Where is the Yao family from?

You can see how Yao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yao family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yao families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Yao family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Yao's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Yao families in 1840.
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Census Records

There are 272 census records available for the last name Yao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yao 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Yao. 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 987 military records available for the last name Yao. For the veterans among your Yao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yao lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Yao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Yao in 1942 was 40, and 80 in 2004.

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