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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Dao

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  1. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Dào, literally “the Way”) or (dào, "circuit").
  2. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (dāo, literally “single-edged blade”)
  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative form of Tao: the way of nature and/or the ideal way to live one's life.
  2. (historical) Synonym of circuit: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.
  3. A Chinese sword with a curved, single-edged blade, primarily used for slashing and chopping

dao was also found in the following language(s): Limburgish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Dao

Dao Lang is a mandopop musical artist. He was most active from 2001 to present.


Đạo was born in 1909. They passed away in 1990.


Đào was born in 1572 in Tĩnh Gia District. He left this life in 1634.


Dao was born in Vietnam.


He holds the title FIDE Trainer, Grandmaster(1995), FIDETrainer (2011), and Grandmaster (chess). Đào was born on May 10th, 1978 in Sa Đéc.


Đào Duy Khánh is a soccer player for the Hà Nội T&T F.C., Hà Nội F.C. (2011), Vietnam national under-19 football team, and Vietnam national under-23 football team. Đào was born on January 30th, 1994 in Bắc Ninh Province.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dao

Ming Dao is a mandopop actor, singing, and model (people). He was most prominent from 1999 to 1999. Ming was born on February 26th, 1980 in Taiwan. Ming is also known as Matthew Lin.


Trần Hưng Đạo is royalty. They hold the title Prince of Hưng Đạo and General. Trần was born as the child of Trần Liễu in Thái Bình Province.


Chloe Dao is a fashion design and fashion designer. Chloe was born on June 15th, 1972 in Pakse, Laos.


Lê Minh Đảo is a major general and army of the republic of vietnam. Lê was born in 1933 in Ho Chi Minh City.


Shen Dao was a philosopher. Shen was born in -350. He breathed his last breath in -275.


Feng was born in 881. He breathed his last breath in 954.


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Popularity of Dao as a last name

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Common last names for Dao

  • Nguyen
  • Tran
  • Le
  • Pham
  • Truong

Common first names for Dao

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dao U.S.
  White 1.71% 64.26%
  African American 0.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dao

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

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Fun Facts about the name Dao

  • How Popular is the name Dao? Dao is the 22,716th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dao was the 3,220th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dao have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 277 babies born with the first name Dao in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dao to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dao? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Dao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dao is Saturday, July 2nd, 1898.
  • What year had the most people named Dao born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dao was in 1983 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Dao Factoid: According to the 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dao is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 1983.
  • Weird things about the name Dao: Your name in reverse order is Oad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Doa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,211 people with the last name Dao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Dao as their last name.

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