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Chinese surnames: Mei-Chu, Wen-Chu

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Posted by Dr. Jones on January 28, 2002 at 10:47:52:

I have some friends of Chinese (or Taiwanese?) origin, that want to know the meaning, genealogy or whatever be possible to know about their surnames. They have since some years ago lost all contact with their family in Taiwan, and have no means of having such information. Their surname is Chu, as is written in the documents, the boys have the surname Wen-Chu, and the girls, Mei-Chu. They are all sons of the same father (Chinese/Taiwanese?) and the same mother (Brazilian), and their father died in a trip to China some years ago. His name was Shig Wen-Chu, and his mother was Ah Mei-Li. All we know about these names is that Chu is written with the character (zhu1), meaning "red, vermillion, cinnabar". A dictionary cites
"Zhu Xi - Song Dinasty Neoconfucianist", witten with the same character. We appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance

Dr. Jones

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