Posted by DC Leo (184.108.40.206) on September 29, 2006 at 03:41:01:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Mexican Leo posted by Al Chinn on June 12, 2006 at 20:31:46:
As we do not know the original dialect it was transliterated from, we cannot tell untill we obtain the chinese character it was derrived from. However, I would not rule out:
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Liang (Chinese: —À) is a Chinese surname common in Taiwan and southern China. It is often transliterated as Leung or Leong (Cantonese), Neo / Nio / Niu (Hokkien, Teochew).
Chinese surname No. 128 "Liang". Liang means : a beam; a bridge; an elevation.
The 21st most common surname in China."
As quoted by Oscar, because keep in mind, it's the 21st most common surname... and I myself have that surname. (ie: My 'Liang' is written as 'Leo').
Liang became Leo through the Hinanese dialect.
While Leo could be the result of other translations, do not rule out Liang since I am a case in point!
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