US Popularity:28761
Other Origin(s):Chinese
Meaning:Born on Thursday; Handsome, good-looking
Yao is a gender-neutral name of Ghanaian and Chinese origin, meaning "born on Thursday." It is a popular name among the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, a reasonable statement given its one in seven chance of occurring. Yao is also used as a last name and is one of the oldest-known last names in China and is said to mean “handsome" or “good-looking.” A Thursday birth will take all the effort out of thinking of a name for your beautiful little bundle of joy.

Yao Name Popularity Data

U.S. Births

Overall:Yao is currently #28761 in U.S. births
Boy:Yao is currently #14050 in U.S. births

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