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Zhao Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the city of Zhao, in present-day Shanxi province in north-central China. Mu Wang, king of the Zhou dynasty (1001–947 bc), was noted for his campaigns and journeys to distant lands and for his expansion of the Chinese empire. According to legend, he once traveled to the Kunlun mountains, then west of China, to see the Queen Mother of the West. After arriving, he learned of military attacks at home, so his chariot driver, Zao Fu, obtained eight marvelous steeds which took them back at a rate of a thousand li (500 miles) a day, so that they were able to defend the capital. In recognition of his service, Mu Wang granted to the charioteer Zao Fu the city of Zhao, and his descendants subsequently adopted Zhao as their surname.

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


Similar surnames: Shao, Hao, Chao, Zhou, Zhan, Shan, Zhang, Cho, Qiao, Bao

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You can see how Zhao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zhao family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 2 Zhao families living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Zhao's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Zhao families in 1920.
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Census Records

There are 12 census records available for the last name Zhao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zhao 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 130 immigration records available for the last name Zhao. 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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There are 1 military records available for the last name Zhao. For the veterans among your Zhao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zhao lifespan?

Between 1989 and 2004, in the United States, Zhao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Zhao in 1989 was 67, and 65 in 2004.

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