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Meaning & Origins

Chinese 胡: from Hu, a name bestowed posthumously on Gui Man, Duke of Chen. After conquering the Shang dynasty and becoming the first king of the Zhou dynasty in 1122BC, Wu Wang searched for a descendant of the great ancient emperors to guard their memory and offer sacrifices, to help retain the mandate of heaven which was considered essential to remain in power. He found Gui Man, a descendant of the model emperor Shun (2257–2205BC), and granted him the region of Chen (in present-day Henan province), along with one of his daughters in marriage and the title Marquis of Chen. Gui Man was posthumously named Hu, Duke of Chen, and some of his descendants adopted this name as their surname.
2,178th in the U.S.

Nicknames & variations

Ho, He, Hui, Hua, Huh, Hue, Huo, Hy, Huy, Hi

Quick facts

Tens of Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
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