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Meaning and Origin of: Yao

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Chinese : Born on a Thursday

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Chinese : from the name of an ancient place (Yao Ruins), in present-day Henan province. According to legend, the model emperor Shun (2257–2205 bc) was conceived and born here, after his mother was so greatly moved by the beauty of a rainbow that she became pregnant. Some of Shun’s descendants later adopted the place name Yao as their surname.