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Zhu Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the state of Zhu in present-day Shandong province. Wu Wang, the first king (1122–1116 bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to Cao Xie, a descendant of the emperor Zhuan Xu of the 26th century bc, lordship of the state of Zhu (see also Cao). Later, this state was conquered by the state of Chu, after which many descendants of the Zhu aristocracy took a modified form of the character Zhu for their surname; the pronunciation is the same. The name has become very common in southern China. Chinese : following the establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, Wu Wang granted lordship of the area of Zhu to a descendant of the legendary emperor Huang Di. His descendants eventually adopted the place name Zhu as their surname. Additionally, in ancient China the titles of several important governmental positions contained the character for Zhu. Descendants of some of these officials adopted Zhu as their surname. Chinese : there are two accounts of the origin of this name, both from the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). One account derives the name from an area named Zhu in the state of Lu. Another account derives it from a senior minister of the state of Yue named Zhu Zhiying. Chinese : this was part of the ancient word Tianzhu ‘India’. When Buddhist monks came to China from India, they often used Zhu as part of their name, and it gradually came to be used as a surname.

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

Similar surnames: Chu, Hu, Zhou, Lu, Gu, Shu, Su, Du, Zou, Cho

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You can see how Zhu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zhu family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there was 1 Zhu family living in Michigan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Zhu's in USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Zhu families in 1920.
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There are 34 census records available for the last name Zhu. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zhu census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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There are 185 immigration records available for the last name Zhu. 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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Between 1985 and 2004, in the United States, Zhu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Zhu in 1985 was 79, and 69 in 2004.

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