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Old 05-03-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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is "Lam" a chinese or vietnamese name?

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Old 05-03-2007, 03:02 PM   #2
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:05 PM   #3
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depends if it's a first or last name

First: Vietnamese

Last: Chinese

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could be Viet also...my uncle's first name is Lam
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:09 PM   #5
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the guy's name is alan lam. so, i guess he's chinese?
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Girls I went to school had that name and they were chinese.
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:12 PM   #7
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Origin of Lin*, Lim*, Lam*, Lum

The 16th most common last name in China. The Chinese word Lin means forest and the name is related to forest. During the Shang Dynasty, Shang Zhou (1,154 1,134 B.C.) had three uncles serving as officials in his administration. They were Bi Gan, Qi Zi and Wei Zi. Due to Shang Zhous cruelty and corruption, the people suffered dearly. After urging the king to repent and failed, Wei Zi resigned and Qi Zi pretended to have gone insane. Only Bi Gan remained and continued to urge the king to repent. Bi Gan said, "Its the servants responsibility to correct the master; servants who are afraid of being killed and refrain from telling the truth are not righteous." Due to his stubbornness, Zhou Wang decided to kill Bi Gan. Shang Zhou summoned Bi Gan and said, "I heard that a human heart has 7 openings. If you are loyal, let me take a look at your heart." He then ordered his guards to cut open Bi Gans chest for his heart. When the news of Bi Gans death reached his wife, she knew that it wouldnt be long before Zhou Wang would order the execution of the entire family. Being pregnant at the time, Bis wife decided to escape to Mu Ye (Wei Hui and Qi of HeNan). She hid in a cave inside a forest until the baby boy was born. She named him Jian. Soon Shang Zhou was overthrown and killed by Zhou Wu Wang. Being the descendents of a righteous official, Jian and his mother were respected by Zhou Wu Wang. Because Jiang was born in the forest, Zhou Wu Wang gave him the name of Lin (forest).

Hometown: Li Shi of Shanxi.

China ruled Vietnam for hundred of years, some of the common Chinese surnames could pop up in Vietnam as people migrated
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my gf last name is lam and shes viet.
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Huh, I always thought Lam was Viet.
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I know some whos viet and first name is Lam, and another person whos viet and last name is Lam lol.
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I know some whos viet and first name is Lam, and another person whos viet and last name is Lam lol.
do u know anyone named Lam Lam?
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i once knew a viet girl named Tran Tran
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there is a guy name jon jon - weird huh ?
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Lam is Chinese. If you know someone who's "vietnamese" and has the last name of Lam, their family is Chinese who just happened to move to Vietnam some time ago.

Simple analogy would be to meet an O'Connell living in Japan. You could call him Japanese, but his family would be Irish and moved to Japan at some point.
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Im a Tran! most popular last name ever haha
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My cello teacher taught a girl name Sok Hi Wang.

It was pronounced: SUCKEE WANG
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Im a Tran! most popular last name ever haha
really? not NGUYEN?
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