Mao Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of an area called Mao, in present-day Henan province, during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc. Bo Dan, the ninth son of Wen Wang, was granted this following the establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc). In due course his descendants adopted the place name Mao as their surname. This character also means ‘hair’ or ‘feather’. This was the family name of Mao Zedong (1893–1976), the Chinese Communist Party chairman. Chinese : another son of Wen Wang—the third, Mao Shu—was granted a different state, whose name is also pronounced Mao. Descendants adopted the name of this state as their surname. This character also means ‘thatched’ or ‘type of grass used in thatching’. Cambodian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Bao, Cao, Man, Mo, Tao, Miao, Gao, Ma, Lao, Hao

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Mao Family Occupations

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In 1940, Baker was the top reported job for people in the US named Mao. 34% of Mao men worked as a Baker

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Baker
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Knitter

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Mao Life Expectancy

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Between 1971 and 2004, in the United States, Mao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1986, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Mao in 1971 was 79, and 70 in 2004.

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