Mao is the romanization of several Chinese family names, including common names 毛 (Máo), 茅 (Máo) and some rare names 茆 (Máo), 卯 (Mǎo), 貌 (Mào) etc.
毛 originated from Ji (Chinese: 姬; pinyin: Jī), the clan name of Zhou Dynasty. 毛 is the 106th surname in the Hundred Family Surnames, and ranks 87th largest number of people with this surname in China (2007).
Notable people surnamed MaoEdit
- Mao Chaofeng, politician born in 1965
- Mao Chi-kuo (b. 1948), a Republic of China politician
- Mao Jie (d. 216), a minister to Cao Cao
- Mao Sidi, pseudonym of Steven W. Mosher (born 1948), American social scientist and author
- Mao Wenlong (1576-1629), a commander of the Ming Dynasty
- Mao Zedong, (1893-1976), the founder of the People's Republic of China and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party
- Madame Mao (Jiang Qing) (1914-1991), the fourth wife of Mao Zedong and a leading politician in the Cultural Revolution
- Mao Zemin, (1896-1943), early Communist revolutionary, Mao Zedong's brother
- Mao Zetan (1905-1935), brother of Mao Zedong
- Mao Anying (1922-1950), the son of Mao Zedong
- Mao Yuanxin (b. 1941), nephew of Mao Zedong
- Mao Xinyu, (born 1970), grandson of Mao
- Mao Zehong (1905-1929), the sister of Mao Zedong
- Mao Xiaobing (b. 1965), former party chief of Xining, investigated for corruption
- Mao Xiaoping (b. 1957), former mayor of Wuxi
- Mao Xinyuan (b 1971), a Chinese race walker
- Empress Mao (d. 237), Empress of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms era
- Teresa Mo (b. 1958), Hong Kong actress
- Mao WeiJia, singer
- Mao Yingchu, (1910-2000), an ace-fighter pilot during the War of Resistance/WWII; former commander of the 4th Fighter Group
- Angela Mao (b. 1950), Taiwanese actress
- Mao Dun (1896-1981), pen name of a Chinese writer
- Mao Yisheng (1896-1989), a Chinese structural engineer.
- Mao Yushi (b. 1929), a Chinese economist, nephew of Mao Yisheng, critic of Mao Zedong.
- Mao (given name), a feminine Japanese given name
- Mow (surname)