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Liao Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 廖 meaning ‘spacious empty’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the personal name of Liao Shu An (廖叔安) an official who lived during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) who is said to have been the founder of an ancient state called Liao (廖) located in Henan province. (ii) from the second element of the personal name Bo Liao (伯廖) said to be name of one of the sons of King Wen of Zhou (1152–1056 BC). or a son of an official in the state of Zheng (located in part of present-day Shaanxi and Henan provinces) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iii) adopted in place of two other Chinese surnames Miu (繆) and Yan (顏). Some bearers of these two surnames migrated to live on the north bank of the Yellow River where they changed their surname to Liao (廖) during the reign of Zhou the last king of the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC).

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

Similar surnames: Lian, Qiao, Liaw, Miao, Jiao, Lao, Lau, Lan, Xiao, Lien

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You can see how Liao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Liao family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 3 Liao families living in Wisconsin. This was about 60% of all the recorded Liao's in USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Liao families in 1920.
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There are 157 census records available for the last name Liao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Liao census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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There are 30 military records available for the last name Liao. For the veterans among your Liao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1982 and 2004, in the United States, Liao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1987, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Liao in 1982 was 63, and 67 in 2004.

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