origin of the surname 'zhen'
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Posted by anthony chin (184.108.40.206) on November 20, 2003 at 00:52:52:
I have 2 questions.
1. My surname is 'zhen' or 'chin' or 'yan' in cantonese (13 strokes). I understand it is a rare surname and I cannot seem to find its origins anywhere. Can you help?
2. Is it true that Chinese surnames were granted / bestowed by the Emperor upon villages or districts a long time ago? If so under which dynasty did this occur and where can I get references?
TQ ............ anthony
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