Cho Name Meaning

Korean: there are two Chinese characters for the surname Cho. Some records indicate a total of 210 different clans which use the more common Cho character, but only fifteen can be documented with confidence. Each of these claims a different founding ancestor. Most of them trace their origins to the beginning of the Kory{ou} kingdom (early 10th century). Only one clan, the Ch’angny{ou}ng Cho, uses the other Chinese character. The founder of this clan’s name was Cho Kye-ryong. According to legend, there was a certain scholar named Yi Kwang-ok, whose daughter very much wanted to marry. A monk visited her and told her to go to Hwawang Mountain to pray at the dragon pond. The maiden did so, and upon her return found herself to be pregnant. In a dream, a young man with a crown and a jade belt appeared to her. A few months later, in the 48th year of the reign of the Shilla King Chinp’y{ou}ng (ad 626), she gave birth to a little boy under whose arm the Chinese character for Cho appeared in red. The king, understanding the boy to be special, named him Cho Kyeryong and married him to his daughter, the princess. So began the Ch’angny{ou}ng Cho clan. Chinese : Min variant of Cao. Chinese : variant of Zhuo.

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


Similar surnames: Chu, Chon, Chi, Ho, Cha, Chao, Choe, So, Cao, Che

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Cho Family Origin

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Cho Family Occupations

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  • Laborer

    33%
  • Storekeeper

    33%
  • Tailor

    33%

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In 1880, Laborer and Storekeeper were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Cho. The most common Cho occupation in the USA was Laborer. 33% of Cho's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Cho family was Tailor.

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Between 1957 and 2004, Cho life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cho in 1957 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cho

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