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Tu Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 塗 (or 涂) meaning ‘paint smear’ in Chinese: (i) from Tu (涂) the ancient name of the Chu river (located in present-day Anhui province and Jiangsu province). (ii) borne by descendants of Tu Qin (塗欽 or 涂欽) (246–337 AD) an official during the Western and Eastern Jin dynasty (265–420 AD) who migrated to southern China.(iii) shortened form of the compound surname Tu-Shan (塗山 or 涂山). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 屠 meaning ‘slaughter’ in Chinese: (i) shortened form of the compound surname Zou-Tu (鄒屠) the name of an ancient place (possibly located in Shandong province). (ii) simplified form of the placename Tu (屠阝) the name of a fief (located in Shaanxi province) which was said to be one of the families surnames also written as Tu (荼) during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (iii) from Tu Peng (屠剻) post name of officials in charge of slaughtering animals in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 徒 meaning ‘disciple’ in ancient Chinese: probably shortened form of a set of Chinese compound surnames such as Si-Tu (司徒 see Situ ) Tu-Ren (徒人) or Tu-He (徒河 or 徒何 a surname from the Xianbei ethnic group in ancient northern China). Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 杜 都 and 堵 see Du 1- Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 朱 see Zhu Vietnamese (Từ): from the Chinese surname 徐 see Xu

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

Similar surnames: Wu, Lu, Yu, Su, Qu, Du, Gu, Xu, Fu, To

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You can see how Tu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tu family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Tu families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 14 Tu families living in California. This was about 67% of all the recorded Tu's in USA. California had the highest population of Tu families in 1880.
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What did your Tu ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Tu. 100% of Tu women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Tu lifespan?

Between 1976 and 2004, in the United States, Tu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tu in 1976 was 70, and 75 in 2004.

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