Posted by Al Chinn on April 13, 2002 at 15:19:05:
In Reply to: Ng and Tang (thailand) Hakka-TeoChiu posted by Shawn Sadjatumwadee on April 12, 2002 at 16:19:31:
Teochiu is a small dialect group located in NE Guangdong Province near the border of Fujian Province. In Mandarin it is called Chaozhou. This dialect has some similarities with the Fujian dialect. Most immigrants to Thailand were Teochiu people. The surname Ng (Wu) has two possibilities. One is "5 with man radical" or it could be the "name of a state during the Warring States Period". It is harder to tell what your mother's surname may be based on the Tang spelling. Guess it may mean Tang as in "Chinese after the Tang dynasty" or it could be "soup". Both your parents should be able to identify them for you, and you can get a capsule history of their origins from www.chineseroots.com if you do a search.
: Wow...i just wanted to say I think this website is great. It is a great tool for many of us who have in one way or another been detached from our past.
: I am a student born and raised in Los Angeles, california by parents who were raised in Thailand, but have Chinese parents themselves.
: My Father tells me that our original family last name was Ng and that his family is TeoChiu. I believe his father migrated to Thailand around the 1st half of the 20th century.
: My mother on the other hand is Hakka and she told me her family name (before she married my dad) was Tang. I believe her father also migrated to Thailand during the 1st part of the 20th century.
: I am extreely interested in learning more about my family history, but it is hard since my parents know a somewhat limited amount, and all my grandparents have now passed on.
: This summer I plan to go to Thailand and may even get the oppurtunity to visit China. So that I amhoping I can somewhat trace my family roots, not only for my sake, but for the sake of my children and my future family.
: I think that knowing the family history is an extremely vital.
: Could someone please help me witha preliminary history of my family/family name if possible?
: and provde me with some leads that I might be able to follow?
: Thanks Much
: Shawn Sadjatumwadee
: Please feel free to email me...if you have something for me
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