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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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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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