HOW TO USE THIS WEB SITE: This web site is divided into 21 main sites as represented by the twenty one yellow buttons on the top of each page. The user can surf from one main site to another using these bottons. Within each main site use the vertical navigation bar on the left hand side to navigate from one page to another. Use the search command on the upper left to find what you are looking for.
The 19th most common last name in China. The name Ma came from
the last name Zhao. During the period of
Zhan Guo (475 221 B.C.), Zhao She of the Zhao
kingdom was a local tax officer. Although his ranking was low, he was righteous and not
afraid of power. When the royal family of Zhao refused to pay tax, Zhao She killed nine
servants of the family who were in charge of the tax money. Because of this, Ping Yuan Jun
was mad at Zhao She, wanted to kill him. Zhao She replied, "You are the head of the Zhao
family and you supported your servants in evading tax. Without the law, the kingdom will
come to an end; and without the kingdom, you are nobody!" Ping Yuan Jun was touched by his
reply and recommended him to the king to be in charge of the countrys tax. In deed, Zhao
She managed the tax wisely and the country became stronger. Later, on their way to attack
the Han kingdom, Qin deployed their army to Zhaos territory. The king of Zhao summoned all
his officials and discussed how to help the Han Kingdom. Generals, Lian Po and Le Cheng
thought that the road was to narrow and advised against attacking the Qin army. Zhao on the
other hand, advised otherwise. He said, "Fighting the Qing army in a tight space is like
asking two mice to dual it out in a small cave; the brave will win." Zhaos king was impressed
by Zhao Shes courage and asked him to lead the Zhao army against Qin. The Qin army was
badly defeated and Zhao She was awarded the title of Ma Fu. The descendents of Zhao She
bore the name of Ma, and Zhao She is known as the forefather of the Ma family. (Ma means
Receive a Certificate of your last name.
Return to Genealogy Page.
Copyright Notice: All contents on this web page are copyrighted. No part of this page or its subdirectories may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior written permission of Yutopian Enterprises, except for brief quotations used as part of a review. All rights reserved. On the other hand, students are welcome to use the information of this page for their school works or projects.