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Old 08-06-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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yes, but very rarely. It is usually Lam (Cantonese) or Lim (Minnan), or Lin (Mandarin).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_(surname)
I just find it rare to be written as Lum but apparently after some google searches, it may be a Hawaiian thing.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:34 AM
 
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Know a few HK persons with Lum. Some HK persons have Li instead of Lee. Lee can also be a Korean.


Macau uses Vong instead of Wong, Lei instead of Lee.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Most people spell their names the way of their family's preference and this is usually related to how the name sounds. There is no one way of writing a name, even in Cantonese. Yes in Mainland China, there has to be an official spelling for birth certificates, passports, etc. and it is based on Mandarin Hanyu Pinyin pronunciation but in Hong Kong and elsewhere, authentic Cantonese pronunciation spellings are the norm.
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