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Miao Surname Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 苗 meaning ‘seedling’ in Chinese: (i) from the placename Miao (苗) the name of a fief (located in Jiyuan in Henan province) granted to Ben Huang who fled to the state of Jin after his father Bo Fen an official in the state of Chu was murdered during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) a surname from the state of Bai Ji (located in the Korean peninsula). Mandarin form of the surname 繆: from Mu (繆 the same pronunciation as 穆 in ancient Chinese) the posthumous title of the Duke Mu of Qin (ruler of the state of Qin died 621 BC).

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

Similar surnames: Mao, Bao, Xiao, Jiao, Qiao, Rao, Mian, Lian, Liao, Mino

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Where is the Miao family from?

You can see how Miao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Miao family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Miao families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 9 Miao families living in British Columbia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Miao's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Miao families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Miao surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Miao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Miao. 100% of Miao men worked as a Laborer. .

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

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 131 census records available for the last name Miao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Miao census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 602 immigration records available for the last name Miao. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 132 military records available for the last name Miao. For the veterans among your Miao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Miao lifespan?

Between 1981 and 2004, in the United States, Miao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Miao in 1981 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

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