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Fu Family History

Fu Name Meaning

Chinese : according to ancient texts, this name originated in the time of the Shang dynasty king Wu Ding (1324–1266 bc). Wu Ding dreamed about a man looking like a prisoner, and was told by a god that this was the wise man that he had been seeking. Wu Ding immediately commissioned a portrait of the mysterious man and searched everywhere for him. Finally, a man who looked exactly like the man in the dream was found performing hard labor building walls in Fu Cliffs (in present-day Shanxi province, by the Great Wall). Wu Ding rescued the man, whose name was Yue, and gave him the name Fu Yue. Fu Yue was made prime minister and, as expected, went on to become a great administrator. His descendants adopted Fu as their surname. Chinese : from a character meaning ‘symbol’, ‘tally’, or ‘magic figure’. This was one of the characters in a title meaning ‘keeper of the royal seals’. During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), a grandson of a duke of the state of Lu held a post as the keeper of royal seals. His descendants adopted a character from the job title as their surname. Chinese : name borne by descendants of Fu Chen, a senior minister during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc), and of Fu Fu, a member of the royal family of the state of Lu dring the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc).

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


Similar surnames: Lu, Hu, Yu, Wu, Gu, Qu, Xu, Su, Bu, Ou

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You can see how Fu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fu family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Fu families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Fu families living in California. This was about 54% of all the recorded Fu's in the USA. California had the highest population of Fu families in 1880.
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What did your Fu ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Fu. 30% of Fu men worked as a Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Carpenter
    30%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Waiter
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fu. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Fu. For the veterans among your Fu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fu lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Fu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Fu in 1963 was 74, and 73 in 2004.

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