Jo Name Meaning

Chinese and Korean: variant of Cho. Japanese(Jo): ‘castle’. The same character is also pronounced Shiro. A noble family in Echigo (now Niigata prefecture) named Jo was descended from the Taira clan. Another name pronounced similarly, written with the character meaning ‘emotion’, is found in Okinawa. Hungarian (Jó): nickname from jó ‘good’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ko, Ji, No, So, Joo, Bo, Mo, Job, Joe, Go

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Jo Family Origin

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Jo Family Occupations

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In 1921, Labourer and Evangelist were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Jo. 48% of Jo men worked as a Labourer and 50% of Jo women worked as an Evangelist. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jo were Baker and Smelter

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    48%
  • Laborer
    35%
  • Porter
    9%
  • Baker
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Evangelist
    50%
  • Smelter
    50%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Jo Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Jo Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Jo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Jo in 1962 was 52, and 88 in 2004.

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