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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Cao mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Cao

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C is for change, you are able to adapt.

A is for athleticism, embrace the competitor within

O is for original, one of a kind!

Notable Persons Named Cao

Joseph was given the name Cao Quang Ánh on March 13th, 1967 in Saigon, South Vietnam.


Cao Xueqin is a writer. Cao was born in Nanjing.


Cao Văn Viên was a soldier; civil servant. Cao was born on December 21st, 1921 in Vientiane. He breathed his last breath on January 22nd, 2008.


Cao Kun was a President of the Republic of China. Cao was born on December 12th, 1862. He died on May 15th, 1938.


Cao was born on February 7th, 1995 in Beijing.


Cao Yu was a playwright. He was most active from 1933 to 1996. Cao was given the name Wan Jiabao on September 24th, 1910 in Tianjin. He left this life on December 13th, 1996.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cao

Joseph was given the name Cao Quang Ánh on March 13th, 1967 in Saigon, South Vietnam.


Zheng Cao was an operatic mezzo-soprano, mezzo-soprano, and operaticmezzo-soprano. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 2013. Zheng was born on July 9th, 1966 in Shanghai, China. She died on February 21st, 2013.


Diogo Cão was a navigator, explorer, and exploration. Diogo was born in 1452 in Vila Real, Portugal. He breathed his last breath in 1486.


His ongoing career started in 1990. Terence was born on October 6th, 1967.


Huai-Dong was born on November 8th, 1959.


Văn Cao was a composer. Văn was given the name Nguyễn Văn Cao on November 15th, 1923 in Hai Phong, French Indochina. They died on July 10th, 1995.


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International Interest for Cao

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Cao as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cao U.S.
  White 1.38% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cao

People with the last name Cao are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Cao

  • How Popular is the name Cao? As a last name Cao was the 1,989th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cao is Friday, November 18th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Cao? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cao. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cao: Your name in reverse order is Oac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Coa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,138 people with the last name Cao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Cao as their last name.

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