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Re: Phang from Hong Kong and Guangdong


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Posted by Raymond (72.235.251.83) on September 08, 2008 at 04:35:24:

In Reply to: Phang from Hong Kong and Guangdong posted by Charmian on April 08, 2004 at 01:15:49:

Charmian,

I hope you have made good progress on your query about the Phang surname since your 2004 posting on the Chinese Surname website. Anyway, I was just surfing the website and saw your query, and out of curiosity I searched the internet.

You already know this, but Phang is a Chinese name listed among Chinese surnames in Jamaica......... http://www.asiawind.com/pub/forum/fhakka/mhonarc/msg01747.html

In addition, another weblink http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_Chinese_surnames listed Phang (as it is spelled) as of the Min Nan dialect in origin which includes Hokkien, Taiwanese or Teochew. The Chinese character is ég.

So, when you said your grandfather came from Guangdong, of the 3 Min Nan dialect regions listed, Teochew is the one that is in Guangdong Province. Therefore, with this hunch in mind, your grandfather may have come from a village that speaks Teochew, which is northeastern Guangdong Province near the Fujian Province border to the north.

There are various Teochew (also Anglicized as Teochiu) regional associations throughout the world, in largely Chinese-populated cities. You can contact or visit your nearest Teochew association and make inquiries of the Phang family name and ask which villages in the Teochew area have people of the Phang surname.

Of course, if you have found your grandfather's gravesite, then there is a good chance his village name would be inscribed on his tombstone.

Good luck in your genealogical search.

Raymond




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