Saturday, February 18, 2012

Surname Spotlight: GO

One of the most common Filipino surnames is GO. The Filipino-Chinese family name GO is a variant of an old Chinese last name, WU, which also comes in the forms of Gao, the Cantonese Ngo, Ngor, or Gor, Ng, Ang, Eng, and Ing. The family name is traced to the town of Wu Jin of the Jiang Su Province in China and is considered by most experts of Chinese genealogy as the top 10 most common Chinese last name. The word WU means “men of brotherly love”, "god-like" or "the highest."

According to official records, the surname Wu is from any of the following sources: first, that they are descendents of Wu Quan, who was an official of Zhuan Xu (2,513 – 2435 B.C.); second, that they are descendents of Yu Shun (2,255 – 2,205 B.C.); third, that they are descendents of the famous archer of Xia Shao Kang (2,079-2,057 B.C.); and fourth, that they are descendents of the kings of the Wu Kingdom established by Tai Bo and Zhong Yong. Most researchers agree that the last source is the most credible and plausible origin of the family.

In one of the earlier articles here, The Pedro Gotiaoco Family, many of the descendants of the Wu or Go clan in the Philippines has taken on different variations of the name: Gotiaoco, Gotianun, Gotianuy, & Gokongwei.

11 comments:

  1. I want to know my grandfather. We haven't seen him for a long time.

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  2. my grandfather is go choi lim or go koi lim

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  3. My father name is go chia I want to know if there's any relation to the same surname go who live in the Philippines .

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  5. My father name is go chia I want to know if there's any relation to the same surname go who live in the Philippines .

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  6. mygrandfather is cham go who came from china to zamboanga and started his fmily there. His cousin is the father of our uncle benjamin go. But we dont know if our grandfather have siblings in china.

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  7. I want to know the relatives or family of our grandfather in china.

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  8. I want to know the relatives or family of our grandfather in china.

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