The family name Yao has 4,700
years of history and is one of the oldest Chinese family names. Ranking
64th among all Chinese last names, Yao accounts for 0.35% of the total
Chinese population encompassing approximately 4.2 million within the
namesake. Evolving over its long history, Yao has also splintered into
other last names including Gui, Yu, Hu, Chen, Tian and Yuan spread out
all over China.