Pu Name Meaning

Chinese : from a Chinese character meaning ‘cattail’, a long grass that grows in ponds. A family that owned ponds containing extraordinarily long cattails came to be called by this name. Chinese: see Bu. Korean: there is only one Chinese character and one clan for the surname Pu. There is no historical information on the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain. These three men were the founders of the Yang, Ko, and Pu clans. The mythological founder of the Pu clan was Pu Ul-la. Shortly after the three men emerged from the cave, a box washed up on the shore of the island. Inside the box were three beautiful women, horses, cows, and agricultural seed. From these beginnings, the three established Cheju Island’s T’amnaguk kingdom and ruled peacefully for centuries. Unlike the descendants of Yang and Ko, however, the descendants of Pu were for the most part content to remain on Cheju Island. A 1930 census revealed that 80% of bearers of the Pu surname were still located on Cheju Island. Pu is considered a rare surname in Korea today.

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

Similar surnames: Yu, Ku, Lu, Wu, Fu, Su, Ou, Qu, Gu, Hu

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Pu Family Occupations

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In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeping were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pu. 34% of Pu men worked as a Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Dishwasher
  • Laborer
  • Road Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeping

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Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Pu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pu in 1968 was 77, and 83 in 2004.

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