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, the "Eight Great Xings of High Antiquity". It is also unique that, along with Jiang 姜 it is still in common use in the modern day. It is listed 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