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The 17th most common last name in China. The name Ho came from the last name Han. During the first year of the Xi Zhou, Wu Wangs second son Tang Shu Yu was awarded the land of Tang (Yi Cheng of Shanxi). Later, descendents were awarded the Jin kingdom (Tai Yuan in Shanxi). A few generations later, the Han kingdom was awarded to a descendent called Wan, and he became the forefather of the Han family. During Zhan Guo (475 221 B.C.), the Han kingdom was eliminated by the Qin kingdom and the Han people fled. There was a person called Han Han who tried to flee to the other side of a river. The Qin army stopped him and asked for his name. Trembling, Han pointed at the freezing river, implying that his last name was "Han" (the last name "Han" rhymes with the word "cold"). The guard misunderstood him and recorded his name as "He", which means the "river". Han later changed the name from "He" of the river to the last name "He" (the former character has water as part of the character and the latter has man as part of the character).
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