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Old 07-22-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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Are Cantonese surnames tend to be different from other chinese surnames? For example, I see the surname Fam, which i don't see in other chinese surnames.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:45 AM
 
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Fam doesn't sound like a cantonese surname to me (I cannot think of any words with that pronunciation). I think the most common Cantonese surnames are Chan, Lee, Cheung, Leung, Wong, Ho, and maybe Ng. Perhaps that name comes from a Chinese person from Vietnam where Pham (范) is a common surname.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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Fam doesn't sound like a cantonese surname to me (I cannot think of any words with that pronunciation). I think the most common Cantonese surnames are Chan, Lee, Cheung, Leung, Wong, Ho, and maybe Ng. Perhaps that name comes from a Chinese person from Vietnam where Pham (范) is a common surname.
Agreed.. Probably Pham which is originally Fan
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Are Cantonese surnames tend to be different from other chinese surnames? For example, I see the surname Fam, which i don't see in other chinese surnames.
When you say Cantonese, it could be Cantonese from Guangdong Province in China, or Hong Kong. They use different systems, so the same surname can look differently.

The entire China uses the same phonetic system so it doesn't matter which region people are from.

For example, Lau is used in HK versus Liu in China. When you see Wang, it is from China, and Wong is from Hong Kong. They are the same thing in Chinese, just different when HKers spell it. It is like John is Juan in Spanish.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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When you say Cantonese, it could be Cantonese from Guangdong Province in China, or Hong Kong. They use different systems, so the same surname can look differently.

The entire China uses the same phonetic system so it doesn't matter which region people are from.

For example, Lau is used in HK versus Liu in China. When you see Wang, it is from China, and Wong is from Hong Kong. They are the same thing in Chinese, just different when HKers spell it. It is like John is Juan in Spanish.
names like LAM can also be spelled LUM or LIM, depending on the dialect, I here the dialect can be different 20 miles away in another village, it changes with the area.

Vietnamese names like Tran are spelled Chan for Chinese from China / HK

several Vietnamese names are variations of Chinese surnames, but spelled their way
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:36 PM
 
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names like LAM can also be spelled LUM or LIM, depending on the dialect, I here the dialect can be different 20 miles away in another village, it changes with the area.

Vietnamese names like Tran are spelled Chan for Chinese from China / HK

several Vietnamese names are variations of Chinese surnames, but spelled their way
It is Chen in China. In china all surnames have only one spelling.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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names like LAM can also be spelled LUM or LIM, depending on the dialect, I here the dialect can be different 20 miles away in another village, it changes with the area.

Vietnamese names like Tran are spelled Chan for Chinese from China / HK

several Vietnamese names are variations of Chinese surnames, but spelled their way
LAM = LIN

Never seen it written as LUM. It may sound like LUM in Cantonese but not written that way.
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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LAM = LIN

Never seen it written as LUM. It may sound like LUM in Cantonese but not written that way.
I have seen it written that way in California

http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks....cisco&state=CA
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:01 PM
 
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I have seen it written that way in California

http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks....cisco&state=CA
yes, but very rarely. It is usually Lam (Cantonese) or Lim (Minnan), or Lin (Mandarin).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_(surname)
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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I knew a Chinese-American family named Lum.
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