Yao (surname)

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

Yao (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáo), also romanized as Yiu in Cantonese, is one of the most ancient Chinese surnames. It is ranked 101st in the Hundred Family Surnames, and as the 51st 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. ^ (in 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