Last name origins & meanings:
- Chinese: from Hu, a name bestowed
posthumously on Gui Man, Duke of Chen. After conquering the Shang
dynasty and becoming the first king of the Zhou dynasty in 1122
bc, Wu Wang searched for a descendant of the great ancient
emperors to guard their memory and offer sacrifices, to help retain
the mandate of heaven which was considered essential to remain in
power. He found Gui Man, a descendant of the model emperor Shun
(2257–2205 bc), and granted him the region of Chen (in
present-day Henan province), along with one of his daughters in
marriage and the title Marquis of Chen. Gui Man was posthumously named
Hu, Duke of Chen, and some of his descendants adopted this name as
- Chinese: from part of the name of
the state of Youhu, which existed during the Xia dynasty (2205–1766
bc). Its residents subsequently adopted the second character
of the name, Hu, as their surname.
- French: nickname from Old
French hu ‘outcry’, ‘noise’ (the same word as gave rise to the
English phrase ‘hue and cry’, which referred to a clamour raised when
in pursuit of a criminal); compare Huard 2.
(Maya): nickname meaning ‘iguana’.
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