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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

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Origin and Meaning of Rao

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A submission from India says the name Rao means "King" and is of English origin.
  • A user from Iowa, United States says the name Rao is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "King" or "Prince".
  • A submission from India says the name Rao means "Mountain of snakes" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Rao

Rao Ramesh is an actor.


Rao Gopal Rao was a Member of Parliament. Rao was born on January 14th, 1937 in Ganganapalli, Kakinada, Andhra pradesh. He breathed his last breath on August 13th, 1994.


Rao Inderjit Singh is a political & social worker, agriculturist, and lawyer. Rao was born on February 11th, 1950 in Rewari, Haryana.


Rao Farman Ali is a 1971 bangladesh genocide and movement for the restoration of democracy. His military service ended in 1973.


Rao Birender Singh was a 2nd Chief Minister of Haryana. Rao was born on February 20th, 1921. They breathed their last breath on September 30th, 2009.


Rao Narbir Singh is a Gurgaon. Rao was born on April 2nd, 1961 in Rewari, Haryana.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rao

N. T. Rama Rao Jr. is an actor, singer, dancer, politician, and dance. His ongoing career started in 1991. N. was given the name Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr. on May 20th, 1983 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was a 10th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Nandamuri was born on May 28th, 1923 in Nimmakuru. He breathed his last breath on January 18th, 1996.


Kiran Rao is a director, producer, and screenwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Kiran was born on November 7th, 1973 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


P.V.Narasimha Rao was a 9th Prime Minister of India, Minister of Defence, Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Minister of Defence (India), Minister of External Affairs (India), Minister of Home Affairs (India), and List of . P.V.Narasimha was born on June 28th, 1921 in Lakkampalli village of Narasampet in Karimnagar district, Hyderabad State, British India. He died on December 23rd, 2004.


Amrita Rao is an actress and model. She has been prominent since 2002. Amrita was given the name Amrita Deepak Rao in 1981 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Akkineni Nageswara Rao was an actor. Akkineni was born Akkineni Nageswara Rao on September 20th, 1923 in Ramapuram (Venkata Raghava Puram). He left this life on January 22nd, 2014.


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International Interest for Rao

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Popularity of Rao as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rao U.S.
  White 17.02% 64.26%
  African American 0.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 78.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rao

People with the last name Rao are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Rao

  • How Popular is the name Rao? As a last name Rao was the 3,075th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Rao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Rao is Saturday, April 25th, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Rao? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Rao. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Rao: Your name in reverse order is Oar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,672 people with the last name Rao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Rao as their last name.

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