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

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Origin and Meaning of Kao

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  • A user from Botswana says the name Kao is of African origin and means "A sign of something".
Other origins: Korean and Spanish

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Alt. Meaning

K is for kindle, the warmth in others.

A is for activities, for you have many.

O is for original, one of a kind!

Notable Persons Named Kao

Kao was born in 1980.


Kao Kuang-chi is an Acting Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China, 31st Minister of National Defenseof theRepublic of China, 23rd Chief of the General Staff of theRepublic of China Armed Forces, ActingMinister of National Defenseof theRepublic. His military service ended in 2015. Kao was born on March 9th, 1950 in Taiwan.


Kao was born on May 24th, 1929.


Kao Hua-chu is a 18th Secretary-General of theNational Security Councilof theRepublic of China, 28th Minister of National Defenseof theRepublic of China, 10th & 12th Minister of theVeterans Affairs Commissionof theExecutive Yuanof theRepublic of China, and 2. His military service ended in 2004. Kao was born on October 2nd, 1946 in Jimo.



Kao Cheng-hua is an athlete for the Uni-President Lions and Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions. Kao was born in 1977.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kao

Archie was born on December 14th, 1969 in Washington D.C, U.S.


Rameshwar was born on May 10th, 1918 in Varanasi. He died on January 20th, 2002.


Min H. Kao is a co-founder of garmin, garmin, and co-founder ofgarmin. Min was born in 1949 in Zhushan, Nantou.


Frankie Kao was a singing. He was most prominent from 1974 to 2014. Frankie was given the name 葛元诚 on February 28th, 1950 in Kaoshiung, Republic of China. Frankie is also known as The Frog Prince. He breathed his last breath on February 17th, 2014.


Jack was born on April 23rd, 1958 in Taiwan. Jack is also known as Kao Jai.


Jen was given the name Jennifer Kao on July 15th, 1981 in Los Angeles.


How popular is the baby name Kao in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1980 32 9 23
1981 54 14 40
1982 34 6 28
1983 44 14 30
1984 30 8 22
1985 27 13 14
1986 34 16 18
1987 30 8 22
1988 33 13 20
1989 46 21 25
1990 36 17 19
1991 42 24 18
1992 45 13 32
1993 30 13 17
1994 33 15 18
1995 30 15 15
1996 15 5 10
1997 15 7 8
1998 15 7 8
2000 6 6 0
2004 5 0 5
2006 5 0 5
2007 6 0 6
2011 6 0 6
2012 7 0 7
2015 9 0 9
2016 5 0 5
2017 8 0 8

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Popularity of Kao as a first name

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Popularity of Kao as a last name

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Common last names for Kao

  • Vang
  • Yang
  • Saelee

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kao U.S.
  White 2.81% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 93.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kao

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kao

  • How Popular is the name Kao? Kao is the 13,420th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kao was the 5,758th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kao have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 682 babies born with the first name Kao in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kao to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kao? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 32 new born babies.
  • When was Kao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kao is Friday, January 30th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Kao born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kao was in 1981 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Kao Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kao is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Kao: Your name in reverse order is Oak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Koa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,018 people with the last name Kao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Kao as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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