Tao name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tao mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tao

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from the United States says the name Tao means "Wave, tide" and is of Chinese origin.
  2. A user from New Zealand says the name Tao is of Maori origin and means "Spear ... pointed at both ends ...simuliar in design to a modern javellin".
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  1. The ultimate principle of the universe
  2. An adherent of any branch of Taoism

From the Wade-Giles romanization of Chinese (Dào, literally “the Way”).

  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative letter-case form of Tao: the way of nature and/or the way in which to live one's life.
  2. (historical, obsolete) Synonym of circuit: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.

tao was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Hungarian, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Malagasy, Mandarin, Maori, Samoan, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Tao

Notable Persons Named Tao

Tao Okamoto

Tao Okamoto is a model (people) and actor. Tao was born on May 22nd, 1985 in Chiba, Chiba.

Tao Ruspoli

Tao Ruspoli is a filmmaker, musician, and photographer. Tao was born on November 7th, 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tao Porchon

Tao Porchon is a yogi, competitive dancer, and wine enthusiast. Tao was born Tao Porchon on August 13th, 1918 in Pondicherry, India.

Tao Tsuchiya

Tao Tsuchiya is an actress. She was most prominent from 2005 to 2005. Tao was born on February 3rd, 1995 in Tokyo, Japan.

Tao Lin

Tao Lin is a literary fiction, poetry, and kmart realism novelist and poet. Tao was born on July 2nd, 1983 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart is an athlete for the Axeon–Hagens Berman. Tao was born on March 30th, 1995 in London Borough of Hackney.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tao

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tao

Terence Chi-Shen Tao

Terence Chi-Shen Tao is a scientist. Terence was born on July 17th, 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Liu Tao

Liu Tao is an actor. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Liu is also known as Tamia Liu.

Huang Zi Tao

Huang Zi Tao is a mandopop, k-pop, contemporary r&b, hip hop music, and dance music rapping, singer-songwriter, composer, actor, dance, and martial arts. They were most prominent from 2012 to present. Huang was born on May 2nd, 1993 in Qingdao. Huang is also known as Edison Huang, Z.Tao, and Tao.

Camu Tao

Camu Tao was a hip hop music hip hop production, rapping, and singing. His career lasted from 1997 to 2008. Camu was given the name Tero Smith on June 26th, 1977 in Columbus, Ohio. Camu is also known as Smith and Tero. He died on May 25th, 2008.

David Tao

David Tao is a rock music, mandopop, rhythm, blues, and hard rock singer-songwriter. He was most active from 1997 to 1997.

Tian Tao

Tian was born on April 8th, 1994 in Hubei.

  • Zhao Tao
  • Guo Tao
  • Michael Tao
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  • Chi Tao
  • Wu Tao
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  • Zhu Tao
  • Jeffrey Kin-Cheung Tao

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tao U.S.
  White 3.10% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.72% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tao

People with the last name Tao are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Tao

  • How Popular is the name Tao? Tao is the 20,483rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Tao was the 7,747th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tao have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 356 babies born with the first name Tao in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tao 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 Tao? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Tao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tao is Sunday, February 15th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Tao born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tao was in 2010 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Tao Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tao is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Tao: The name spelled backwards is Oat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Oat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,286 people with the last name Tao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Tao as their last name.
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