Last name origins & meanings:
- Korean (O): historically, there were two Chinese
characters for the O surname, but by the late Koryŏ period (14th
century ad), one of them had disappeared. Some records
indicate that there are as many as 210 different clans for the
remaining character, but only sixteen can be positively
documented. All sixteen of these clans originate from the same
ancestor, O Ch’ŏm, who migrated to Korea from China during the
reign of Shilla’s King Chijŭng (500–514 ad). Oh
is a common surname throughout Korea.
- Japanese: Romanization
of Ō ‘king’, the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese surname
Wang. It is mostly borne by Japanese of Chinese descent or
Chinese long-term residents in Japan.
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