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Gu Family History

Gu Name Meaning

Chinese : from the place name Gu. Records of the this surname go back to the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc), when there existed a state called Gu. Much later, during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), there existed another state of Gu. Eventually, some descendants of the ruling class of both these areas adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from a word meaning ‘valley’. During the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) there existed in the state of Qin a certain Viscount Fei Zi, a descendant of the legendary emperor Zhuan Xu of the 26th century bc. Viscount Fei Zi was granted the area Qin Valley, and his descendants later adopted the word gu ‘valley’, as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the grandfather of the virtuous duke Wen Wang (1231–1135 bc), known as Gu Gong Tan Fu. The character for Gu, which also means ‘ancient’, was adopted by some of his descendants as a surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Where is the Gu family from?

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 the USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Gu family living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Gu's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Gu families in 1911.
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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 UK named Gu. 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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Incapacitated
    100%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Housemaid
    29%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gu. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gu census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gu. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 511 military records available for the last name Gu. For the veterans among your Gu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gu lifespan?

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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