Posted by Francine on January 18, 2002 at 16:03:14:
In Reply to: Chaim from Hainan posted by Mike Donahue on April 16, 1997 at 23:25:29:
: Can you help me, I am trying hard to find the meaning or reference of
: the family surname Chaim (this is the English form). This is my
: father-in-laws surname and he is Chinese, originally the family came
: from the island of Hainan, or so I am told.
CHaim or Haim is originally Jewish and is from the Hebrew word Chaim, life. Most Chaim or Haim's live in Israel or Europe, such as Germany or Poland, etc. It is possible that with this name ancestors may have been dispersed in Asia.
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