Gao (surname)

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Stroke order of the Gao surname
PronunciationGāo (Pinyin)
Ko (Pe̍h-ōe-jī)
Gou1 (Jyutping)
Language(s)Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
Meaninghigh, tall
Other names
Variant form(s)Gao, Kao (Mandarin)
Ko, Kou (Cantonese, Hokkien)
Ko (Korean)
Cao (Vietnamese)

Gao is a Chinese family name that can be literally translated as "high" or "tall". There are about 16 million living people with this surname. Some places, such as Taiwan, usually romanize this family name into Kao. In Hong Kong, it is romanized to Ko. In Macau, it is romanized to Kou.

Romanization and pronunciation[change | change source]

Dialect or Format Transliteration or Pronunciation
Mandarin Gāo (Hanyu pinyin); Kao1 (Wade-Giles)
Cantonese Gou1 (Jyutping)
Minnan Ko (Peh-oe-ji)
Vietnamese Cao
Korean Ko(McCune–Reischauer)