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The first name 

Mao is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

Mao – a very rare name!

Recently, the name Mao has been given only a handful of times a year and is therefore particularly rare, at least in the US. In recent years, not even one girl in 100,000 has been named Mao. That means that a girl named Mao is exceptional and may not meet another person with the same name her whole life. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Mao.

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Mao -
at home in California and Minnesota

Meeting a woman or girl named Mao is something really special. Out of all 50 states, women and girls named Mao can be found in only two: California and Minnesota. No other state currently has residents named Mao. However, we must admit that a given name is only included in a state’s official statistics if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it’s quite possible that there are still a few women and girls called Mao living in one state or another (if your name is Mao and you live outside of California or Minnesota, we’d really appreciate it if you’d let us know so we can refine our statistics even further). Either way, the name is quite rare. The best chance of meeting a Mao is in California, as there live more women and girls with this name in relation to the population than in any other state. But even here in California, only 0.00053% of all female residents are named Mao – that’s just one in 189,064! And even in all these states combined there are only a total of 83 women with that name. So, if your name is Mao, chances are you will never meet another woman with your beautiful first name.

Mao has 3 letters 
and begins with an M

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter M is a quite popular first letter for girls' names. That’s because 8.5% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letters A and S are more common for girls' names.

With only three letters, the name Mao is obviously very short. In fact, only 1.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly three letters. Just 0.2% of all first names are even shorter and only have two letters, while nearly 99% of all boys’ and girls’ names use more than three letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 8.5% of all girls' names start with an M, this initial letter occurs nearly 2.5-times as often as all 26 letters on average – and the most common one of all the girls’ names starting with M is Mary.

Other names with 
M, a and o

If you take all the letters in the name Mao – M, a and o – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Amo or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Mao

If your name is Mao and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Mao

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Mao, you can simply say:




This is how the name Mao is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Mao in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Mao

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Mao is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Mao

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Mao sounds like this: