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Yau Surname Meaning

Chinese:: Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 游 and 尤 see You 1 and Cantonese form of the surnames 邱 and 丘 see Qiu 1 and alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 姚 么 幺 and 要 see Yao 1- variant Romanization of the surname 饒 see Rao

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

Similar surnames: Yaw, Lau, Yiu, Hau, You, Bau, Yan, Yu, Mau, Pau

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Where is the Yau family from?

You can see how Yau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yau family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Yau families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 5 Yau families living in Durham. This was about 83% of all the recorded Yau's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Yau families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yau surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yau ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Yau. 100% of Yau men worked as a Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 864 census records available for the last name Yau. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yau census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Yau. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 412 military records available for the last name Yau. For the veterans among your Yau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yau lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Yau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Yau in 1962 was 80, and 82 in 2004.

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