Yao (surname)

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姚姓 - 楷体.svg
Yao surname in regular script
Pronunciation Yáo (Pinyin)
Iâu (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)
Language(s) Chinese, Vietnamese
Language(s) Old Chinese
Word/Name Henan Fan County or Shandong[1]
Other names
Variant(s) Yao (Mandarin)
Yiu (Cantonese)
Iao, Iau (Hokkien)
Diêu (Vietnamese)

Yao (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáo) also as Yiu is one of the most ancient Chinese surnames. It is usually romanised as Yiu in Cantonese. It is ranked 101st in the Hundred Family Surnames, and as the 41st most common surname in Mainland China.[2]

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  1. ^ Southern Song《通志·氏族略》records:「姚姓,虞之姓也,虞帝生於姚墟,故因生以為姓」
  2. ^ (Chinese) 公安部统计分析显示:王姓成为我国第一大姓

Learning of the Chinese culture- the Yao dynasty