Posted by Looi Siew Teip on June 07, 2001 at 07:07:36:
In Reply to: Re: Origin Of "Looi" Surname posted by Looi Kam Fatt on February 28, 1998 at 06:34:39:
There are two Chinese surnames which usually appear as "Looi" when transcribed according to their Cantonese pronunciation. These are two entirely different surnames and have nothing to do with each other. Their Cantonese pronunciation is similar but not identical.
"Looi" meaning thunder is pronounced with a low falling tone in Cantonese and appears as "lei" in the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of Mandarin.
The other "Looi" is pronounced with a mid level tone in Cantonese and appears as "lü" in the Hanyu Pinyin transliteration of Mandarin, and is usually identified as the "Looi with the two mouths" in reference to the shape of the written character, or as the "Looi in Lü Dongbin", one of the Eight Immortals.
I am a Looi with the two mouths. My paternal grandfather was from a village a short distance east of Guangzhou in Zengcheng county. Apparently, the surname originated in Henan province in North China and there is supposed to be a concentration of Loois in Nanyang county in the south of that province.
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