Tao (surname)

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Tao is the pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname (Táo). It ranked 31st among the Song-era Hundred Family Surnames.

Tào is also a Vietnamese surname derived from the Chinese surname Cao (Chữ Nôm: ).

Origin[edit]

Various Chinese Tao family from;

Romanization[edit]

Tao was romanized T'ao under the Wade-Giles system, although it was common to omit the apostrophe. It is romanized To, Tou and Tow in Cantonese; in Minnan; Tau, Tow in Teochew; and Tháu in Gan.

The Vietnamese surname formerly written as in Chữ Nôm is now written Đào; the Korean surname formerly written as in Hanja is now written and romanized Do; the same surname in Kanji is romanized in Japanese.

Distribution[edit]

Tao was the 82nd-most-common surname in mainland China, but it was unlisted among the 100 most common Taiwanese surnames.

Tao is a fairly uncommon surname in the United States, being ranked 12,503rd during the 1990 census and 10,033rd during the year 2000 one.[1]

History[edit]

Some Zhejiangese Tao who joined the White Banner upon the advent of the Qing dynasty Manchufied their name to Tohoro (Chinese: Tuohuoluo).[2]

List of persons with the surname[edit]

Tao
Tohoro

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Census Bureau. Op. cit. Public Broadcasting Service. "How Popular Is Your Last Name?" Accessed 6 Apr 2012.
  2. ^ Edward J. M. Rhoads (2001). Manchus & Han: ethnic relations and political power in late Qing and early republican China, 1861-1928 (reprint, illustrated ed.). University of Washington Press. p. 55. ISBN 0-295-98040-0. Retrieved March 2, 2012.