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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Gu Family Origin

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  • Farmer

    67%
  • Huckster

    17%
  • Opium Seller

    17%

In 1880, Farmer and Huckster were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gu. A less common occupation for the Gu family was Opium Seller. The most common Gu occupation in the USA was Farmer. 67% of Gu's were Farmers.

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Between 1988 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gu

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