Rao (Chinese surname)

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Family name
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Pronunciation Mandarin: Ráo
Region of origin Shanxi
Language(s) of origin Chinese

Rao (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Ráo) is a Chinese family name. It can also be spelled as "Jao," "Yow" or "Yaw".

The surname Rao is approximately 2200 years old, and originated in the area near present-day Linfen county in Shanxi province.[citation needed]

List of people with this surname[edit]

  • Rao Shushi (1903–1975), senior member of the Communist Party of China
  • Jao Tsung-I (born 1917), Hong Kong Chinese calligrapher
  • Yaw Shin Leong (born 1976), Singaporean politician
  • Elaine Yiu (born 1980), Hong Kong actress
  • Ngeow Sze Chan (1915–2002), Malaysian practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Rao Yi (born 1962), Chinese neuroscientist


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