Origin: Chinese

Meaning: “dazzling, far away”
also, surname from the name of an ancient place (Yao Ruins),
in present-day Henan province

Variations, Nicknames and Sound Alikes:

Phrases you might say or hear someday:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Yao.
Are you hungry, Yao?
What is Yao’s sign?

Famous people named Yao or its variations

1. Yao Ming (b. 1980), 7 ft. 6 in. Chinese basketball player
2. Yao-Hsun Yang (b. 1983) Taiwanese baseball player
3. Yao Hilin (1917-94), Chinese politician


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