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Re: Anyone know anything about Ly


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Posted by Jeff Staley on August 20, 2002 at 11:30:55:

In Reply to: Re: Anyone know anything about Ly posted by Al Chinn on May 23, 2002 at 12:02:08:

: You did not identify the origin of the surname Ly. I suspect it is of Vietnamese origin. It is pronounced Lee in Cantonese or Li in Mandarin which means "plum". Lai is also pronounced Li in Mandarin, but is a different surname.

: : Hi there all, I see that quite a few of you know a bit about chinese geneology so I was wondering if anyone could tell me about my surname, "Ly". Also, how would you pronounce it? It seems in my parts, it's "Lai" (confusing since Lai is also a popular name) whereas the "Lee" sound is pretty much reserved for those with names, Li and Lee. So anything?

The surname Lai is found six times in the 1870 census for California. My wife's grandmother was a "Lai," born in San Francisco in 1898. She claims both her parents were Chinese, and both were born in the US (1920 census). I suspect that the more acurate spelling is "Li" but that it was spelled "Lai" in California so as not to confuse it with "Lee."

Jeff Staley




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