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Re: The origins of "Nio"


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Posted by Erwin Lauw on September 08, 2001 at 19:06:20:

In Reply to: Re: Seek Chinese family origin of Njat Njo of Java circa 1848 posted by Frank on June 18, 2001 at 00:19:32:

It is interesting to know that the Peranakan Chinese of Indonesia and the Peranakan Chinese of Malaya both share the same words to describe a nonya or Peranakan lady.

Here in Singapore, all Nonya Peranakan ladies have "Neo" as their last name. It so happens that "Neo" means bride in hokkien. Another opinion dictates that the "Neo" is actually nonya to distinguish the baba Peranakan women from the newly arrived Chinese immigrants or "sinkek"

My grandmothers name was Ong Buan Neo and my mother's name is Tan Guat Neo. If this is the case, then the indonesian baba Peranakans follow this tradition too.

Here, "Nio" is spelt "Neo" due to the difference in English and Dutch spelling. Nevertheless they still show that Peranakan Chinese culture was and is still prevalent in the Malay Archepelago.


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