Chinese Names in my Family

When I tell my non Chinese friends that I have the family history back for 24th generations, they are amazed. The reality is that my ancestors had the fore sight of planning their descendants. I rejoiced on reading an article published on L’Aurore, the Catholic Mission monthly magazine December issue No 125, by one of my distant cousins of the same clan Chin who explained how generations’ names were generated. Just like YIP TONG does not carry the clan name, the author of the article Leung Shing names was truncated by the civil status officers of the time when our ancestors landed in Mauritius.

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#1 Eddy Young on 12.28.08 at 2:41 am

That was a very informative article. I knew that the family name had been corrupted by the immigration officers when my ancestors landed in Mauritius, but not to what extent. I also understand now why the clan name is one of the first thing older sino-mauritians ask for when meeting new people: names alone cannot be trusted to determine family ties.


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