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Re: Different Surname


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Posted by Raymond (72.234.177.249) on December 31, 2006 at 20:16:42:

In Reply to: Different Surname posted by Hon on December 31, 2006 at 13:42:50:

Hon,

Chinese family names are patrilineal, meaning father to children......versus matrilineal, meaning mother to children. Many ethnic societies are patrilineal. However, there are some that are matrilineal. For a more extensive discussion of these terms, see http://www.netipedia.com/index.php/Patrilineal and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrilineal_descent

Raymond



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