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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Taro

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ta"ro
A name for several aroid plants (Colocasia antiquorum, var. esculenta Colocasia macrorhiza, etc.), and their rootstocks. They have large ovate-sagittate leaves and large fleshy tuberous rootstocks, which are cooked and used for food in tropical countries.

Etymology: From the Polynesian name

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Tropical starchy tuberous root
  2. Herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves
  3. Edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants

Borrowing from Maori taro, in turn from Proto-Polynesian *talo.

  1. Colocasia esculenta, raised as a food primarily for its corm, which distantly resembles potato.
  2. Any of several other species with similar corms and growth habit in Colocasia, Alocasia etc.
  3. Food from a taro plant.

taro was also found in the following language(s): French, Hiri Motu, Italian, Maori, Portuguese, Spanish, Tahitian, Tok Pisin, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Taro

Tarō Asō is a Minister of State for Economic, Financial Policy, Director-General of the Economic Planning Agency, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Minister of Finance, Prime Minister of Japan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Internal Affairs, Communications, . Tarō was born on September 20th, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka.


Taro Yoko is a video game creative director and scenario writer. Taro was born on June 6th, 1970 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.


Taro Tsujimoto is a hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League. He was most active from 1974 to present. Taro was born on November 16th, 1954 in Osaka.


Taro was born on January 27th, 1993 in New York, New York, U.S.


Tarō Okamoto was an artist. Tarō was born on February 26th, 1911. They passed away on January 7th, 1996.


Taro Yamamoto is an actor, politician, and actorandpolitician. Taro was born on November 24th, 1974 in Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Taro

Akebono Tarō is a sumo wrestler. Akebono was born on May 8th, 1969.


Katsura Tarō was a 6th Prime Minister of Japan, Governor General of Taiwan, and Governor-General of Taiwan. Katsura was born on January 4th, 1848 in Hagi, Yamaguchi. They left this life on October 10th, 1913.


Asasekiryū was born on August 7th, 1981 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.


Asashio was born on December 9th, 1955 in Kochi, Japan.


Nankairyū was born on February 22nd, 1965 in Apia, Samoa.


Kirinowaka was born on September 18th, 1983 in Minamiaso, Kumamoto.


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Popularity of Taro as a last name

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Common last names for Taro

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Taro U.S.
  White 81.11% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Taro

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

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Fun Facts about the name Taro

  • How Popular is the name Taro? Taro is the 20,108th most popular name of all time. As a last name Taro was the 100,302nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Taro have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 349 babies born with the first name Taro in the United States. That's more than enough people named Taro 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 Taro? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Taro first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Taro is Wednesday, October 1st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Taro born? The highest recorded use of the first name Taro was in 1997 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Taro Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Taro is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Taro: Your name in reverse order is Orat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oatr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Taro? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 180 people with the last name Taro.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Taro? Taro is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.