Posted by Jonathan Yip (22.214.171.124) on May 16, 2004 at 13:44:21:
In Reply to: Re: KEIK? Part of the Qing Dynasty Imperialists? posted by Al Chinn on May 08, 2002 at 00:34:48:
My mother's maiden name was Ngan. (She passed away some 6 years ago...) She lived in Hong Kong in her formative years. Her father was the owner of a still-famous restaurant in Canton (City), although it's now owned by some other family. (The restaurant is famous for it's moon cakes. Unfortunately, I don't have the name of the restaurant with me.)
Supposedly, my mother's family's origins lie somewhere in the Shandong province. And I've been told by my dad that Ngan is a very uncommon Cantonese surname (at least in Hong Kong).
I wonder if this information is useful for anyone (hopefully someone without evil motives...j/k)...?
: Your gf's surname is Gan which is likely to be of Hokkien (Fujian) origin, and not Keik. In Cantonese it is pronounced Ngan. In Mandarin it is Yan. To find out about its origin go to www.chineseroots.com and do a surname search. The first surname in the list is Gan.
: : : Can you provide a little more information about where your gf came from in China and where he immigrated to, or the dialect spoken?
: : : : Please....If anyone has heard of the Keik name and has any ideas that would be wonderous. My grand-fathers name is Gan Fong Keik born around the 1920's. We are few indeed and any history would be most pleasurable to know. Thanks
: : Have found out that my Great GF was from Canton and went to the USA as a ships steward. I have no clue as to what teh boat was named or when it sailed. The Keik name is on the war memorial at Birkinhead in England. There are just so many gaps but i am just so fasinated by my cultural background.
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