Ke (surname)

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Ke[1] is a transliteration of a common Chinese surname, written 柯 ( in Hanyu pinyin). It originally appeared on the Hundred Family Surnames, but as of 2006 was no longer one of the top 100 most common surnames. Also spelled as Quah, Qua, Kua, Kuah, Kwa, Ke, Ker, Ko, Kok, Or or even O in English.


There are several origins of this last name:

  1. the descendants of Duke Ke Lu (柯盧) of the State of Wu during the Spring and Autumn period;
  2. the descendants of a tribe in Northern Wei Dynasty whose surname was originally Keba (柯拔) but was simplified to Ke;
  3. the descendants of the Qiang tribe or the Xianbei tribe with the last name Ke.

One website lists it as originating from the town of Han in Zhejiang Province[2] while another states it originated in Jiyang Prefecture (located in present-day Dingtao County, Shandong Province) during the Jin Dynasty (265–420).[3]

Prominent people with the family name 柯[edit]

Cua Yi Lam, baptized as Domingo Lamco, patrilineal ancestor of Jose Rizal, Philippine national hero

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