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Cho Surname Meaning

Korean: written 조 in Chinese characters 趙 and 曺. There are only these two Chinese characters for the surname Cho. (i) Some records indicate a total of 210 different Cho clans which use the Chinese character 趙 but only fifteen can be documented with confidence. Each of these claims a different founding ancestor. Most of them trace their origins to the beginning of the Koryŏ kingdom (early 10th century). (ii) Only one clan the Ch’angnyŏng Cho uses the Chinese character 曺. The founder of this clan's name was Cho Kye-ryong (曺 繼龍). According to legend there was a certain scholar named Yi Kwang-ok whose daughter very much wanted to marry. A monk visited her and told her to go to Hwawang Mountain to pray at the dragon pond. The maiden did so and upon her return found herself to be pregnant. In a dream a young man with a crown and a jade belt appeared to her. A few months later in the 48th year of the reign of the Shilla King Chinp’yŏng (AD 626) she gave birth to a little boy under whose arm the Chinese character for Cho appeared in red. The king understanding the boy to be special named him Cho Kyeryong and married him to his daughter the princess. So began the Ch’angnyŏng Cho clan. Compare Jo 1 Joe 3 and Joh Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 祖 see Zu Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 左 see Zuo Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surname 卓 see Zhuo Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 曹 see Cao Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 楚 see Chu 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄒 see Zou .8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 巢 see Chao 9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 周 see Zhou 10: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 趙 see Zhao

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Chu, Chon, Chi, Ho, Cha, Chao, Choe, So, Cao, Che

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You can see how Cho families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cho family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Cho families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 24 Cho families living in British Columbia. This was about 92% of all the recorded Cho's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Cho families in 1911.
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What did your Cho ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Indian was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Cho. 100% of Cho women worked as an Indian. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Indian
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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Cho life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cho in 1957 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

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