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Dou Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 竇 meaning ‘hole’ in ancient Chinese: (i) adopted as a surname by Yue Zhu and Yue Long two sons of Shao Kang the sixth king of the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). Yue Zhu and Yue Long are said to have adopted Dou (竇) (meaning ‘hole’) as a surname because their pregnant grandmother had escaped from a rebellion through a hole in the wall before giving birth to their father Shao Kang who later recaptured the throne. (ii) traced back to the Dou (竇) family from the Di ethnic group and some other families from the Xianbei ethnic group in ancient China. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 豆 denoting an ancient stemmed cup of bowl: (i) traced back to some inhabitants in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) adopted as the surname by the Chi Xiao Dou (赤小豆) and Dou Lu (豆盧) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 鈄 referring to a type of ancient vessel for drinking wine: said to be borne by the descendants of the Duke Kang of Qi (died 379 BC) who was ousted from his throne in the state of Qi and sent into exile. It was said that he was forced to use the vessel Dou (鈄) to cook food during his exile and some of his descendants inherited Dou as the surname to memorize this period. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 杜 possibly based on its Cantonese pronunciation see Du French (southern): unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: You, Don, Du, Ou, Lou, Doe, Kou, Doi, Dow, Mou

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You can see how Dou families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dou family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Dou families were found in USA in 1880. In 1861 there were 11 Dou families living in Angus. This was 100% of all the recorded Dou's in Scotland. Angus had the highest population of Dou families in 1861.
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In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Dou. 45% of Dou men worked as a Laborer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    45%
  • Farmer
    34%
  • Section Laborer
    23%
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Between 1969 and 2003, in the United States, Dou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Dou in 1969 was 76, and 63 in 2003.

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