Rao Name Meaning

Italian: from a reduced form of the personal name Radulfo, composed of hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’ (see Rolf). Indian (southern and western states and Orissa): Hindu name found among several communities, from Sanskrit raja ‘king’. It is freely added by men to their forename in several communities of Maharashtra, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh. Chinese : from the name of an area called Rao, which existed in the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc).

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

Similar surnames: Raj, Rai, Ram, Bao, Mao, Rau, Ray, Cao, Raco, Gao

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Rao Family Origin

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Rao Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rao. 18% of Rao men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Rao women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rao were Salesman and New Worker

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Barber
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
  • Dressmaker
  • Clerk
  • New Worker

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

Rao Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Rao Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Rao in 1943 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

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