First name origin & meaning:
Vietnamese: Pink; rosy
Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from a word meaning ‘water’ or
‘flood’. During the time of the emperors Yao and Shun in the 23rd
century bc, there was a clan known as the Gonggongshi. They
took the name Gong as a surname, but in order to escape their
enemies, needed to change the character for their surname; by the
addition of a component meaning ‘water’, the name was changed to
Hong. Another legend provides a more colorful account: the
Gonggongshi were a warrior people, and were able to bring about a
flood. However, the emperor Yu succeeded in establishing flood
control, and he banished the Gonggongshi. Descendants, in order to
commemorate the ability of their ancestors to cause floods, changed
their name from Gong to the word for ‘flood’, Hong.
- Chinese: Cantonese variant of Kang 1.
- Chinese: variant of Xiang 2.
- Chinese: variant of Hang 1.
- Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Hong surname in
Korea. Some sources indicate that there are 59 different Hong clans,
but only four can be documented. Each of the four clans claim
different founding ancestors. The oldest Hong clan’s founding
ancestor, Hong Ch’ŏn-ha, migrated to Koguryŏ, Korea, sometime in
the first half of the seventh century. The Hong surname is a fairly
common one and is found throughout the Korean peninsula.
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