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Chu Name Meaning

This form represents at least ten different Chinese family names, as well as a Korean one. Chinese : variant of Zhu 1. Chinese : from the name of an adminstrative position during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). At this time, many dukes of the Zhou dynasty, including the duke of the state of Song, established a high administrative position which may be roughly translated as ‘Chu master’. The descendants of a Song Chu master took this title as their surname. Additionally, there was an area named Chu during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc) which lent its name to the people who lived there. Chinese : variant of Zhu 2. Chinese : variant of Qu 1. Chinese : from the name of the state of Chu, one of the most powerful states of the Warring States period (403–221 bc), adopted as a surname by its ruling class. Chinese : variant of Ju. Chinese : variant of Qu 2. Chinese : variant of Qu 3. Chinese : variant of Zhu 3. Chinese : variant of Zhu 4. Korean: there are two Chinese characters for the Chu surname in use in Korea. One character has only one clan associated with it (the Shinan Chu clan), and while some records indicate that the other has as many as 25, only four can be documented; all of these descended from a common ancestor, Chu Hwang, who was naturalized in 907. The Shinan Chu clan is descended from a man named Chu Cham, a direct descendant of the Chinese philosopher Chu-tze. Chu Cham migrated from China to Korea some time in the early 13th century. Chu is a fairly common surname and is found throughout the peninsula.

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


Similar surnames: Chi, Zhu, Cho, Hu, Cha, Che, Shu, Su, Chiu, Chou

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You can see how Chu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chu family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Chu families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 176 Chu families living in California. This was about 90% of all the recorded Chu's in the USA. California had the highest population of Chu families in 1880.
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What did your Chu ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laundryman and Hostess were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chu. 15% of Chu men worked as a Laundryman and 34% of Chu women worked as a Hostess. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chu were Proprietor and Seamstress.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laundryman
    15%
  • Waiter
    13%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Hostess
    34%
  • Packer
    34%
  • Seamstress
    34%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Chu. For the veterans among your Chu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chu lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Chu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Chu in 1942 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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