[Excerpted from http://www.yutopian.com/names/]
Origin of Yao
The 64th most common last name in China. Descendents of one of the five ancient kings, Shun
Di (who was a descendent of Zhuan
Xu). Since Shun was born at Yao Xu (Fan in Henan),
his descendents named themselves Yao.
There were others who changed their names to Yao in history. Among them, were the people
of the Jiang tribe. During
the Han Dynasty, this
tribe migrated to China.
They claimed to be the descendents of Shun Di and
changed their names to Yao.
The tribe leader Yao Yizhong had a son called Yao Zhangjian, who established Qin,
one of the 16 kingdoms
at that time.
Hometown: Wuxing in Zhejiang Province.
or Yu Shun (2,255
- 2,205 B.C.)
Yu Shun's original name was Yao
although rhymes with Yao of Di Yao, are two different
words). He was known for his piety and won the support of the pheasants. Di Yao appointed Shun as his successor. Shun Di made Qi his capital. He fought
the flood, improved on the calendar, and standardized weights and measures. A
system existed during Shun's reign. Shun died in
the wilderness of Can Wu during a journey to the south (18 years after he took
over the throne). Since none of his sons were righteous, Yu was named his
Famous People in History
Tang Dynasty- Yao
Song (prime minister)
Song Dynasty- Yao
Pingzhong (general), Yao Xide
(deputy prime minister)
Ming Dynasty- Yao GuangXiao (king’s teacher)