Last name origin & meaning:

Chinese: from an altered form of the place name Zhao. Zhao Gongshi was the senior statesman of the Zhou under four successive kings; he played an important role in administration of the kingdom and the establishment of the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). He was granted the area of Zhao (); his descendants added to the character for Zhao a component which meant city or county, thus creating the character for Shao, , which they adopted as their surname.

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