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Gu Name Meaning

Chinese:: Mandarin form of the surname 古 meaning ‘ancient old’ in Chinese: (i) borne by descendants of Gu Gong (古公 literally meaning ‘old Duke’) the title of Dan Fu grandfather of King Wen of Zhou(1152–1056 BC). (ii) from Gu (古) also written as Ku (苦) the name of an ancient state (located in Henan province) during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (iii) shortened form of the Chinese compound surname Gu-Cheng (古成) which is a mispronounced form of another Chinese compound surname Ku-Cheng the name of an unidentified fief (possibly located in present-day Henan province). (iv) adopted as a surname by the Tu Xi (吐奚) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Mandarin form of the surname 顧 meaning ‘attend to’ or ‘look at’ in Chinese: (i) from Gu (顧) the name of a state (probably located in Henan province or in Shandong province) during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) annexed during the early Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (ii) borne by descendants of Gu Yu Hou (顧餘侯 Marquis Guyu) a title conferred by the King of Dong Ou on his son during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC–25 AD). Mandarin form of the surname 辜 meaning ‘crimes’ or ‘guilt’ in ancient Chinese. This surname was adopted by descendants of people who acknowldged that they were guilty of committing crimes. Mandarin form of the surname 谷 meaning ‘valley’ or ‘cereal crops’ in Chinese: (i) from the second element of the placename Qin Gu (秦谷) the name of a fief (located in Gansu province) granted to Qin Fei Zi (died around 858 BC) the founder of the state of Qin. (ii) adopted as a surname by the Gu Hui (谷會) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iii) adopted in place of the compound surname Gu Na (谷那) by descendants of Gu Na Lü (谷那律) an erudite official of Japanese origin during the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD). (iv) simplified form of another Chinese surname Xi (郤) the name of a fief (located in Shanxi province) granted to Shu Hu an official in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Teochew or Hokkien form of the surname 牛 see Niu

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lu, Xu, Wu, Yu, Guo, Fu, Su, Ge, Hu, Qu

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You can see how Gu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gu family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Gu families were found in USA in 1880. In 1861 there was 1 Gu family living in Midlothian. This was 100% of all the recorded Gu's in Scotland. Midlothian had the highest population of Gu families in 1861.
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What did your Gu ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gu. 100% of Gu men worked as an Incapacitated and 72% of Gu women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housemaid
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Between 1988 and 2004, in the United States, Gu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gu in 1988 was 68, and 69 in 2004.

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