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    Hi there,
    I am a Malaysian chinese. So I am of Chinese origin. How can I ask people about their origin?
    By the way, I know a lot of people's ancestors in America, Canada, Australia come from Ireland, Scotland, Spanish, Italy, and South America. I also know we can identify where they come from by looking at their last names.
    So which last names are from Irish, Italian, French, Scotish, Spanish, etc?

    Many thanks

    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I am a Malaysian chinese. So I am of Chinese origin. How can I ask people about their origin?
    By the way, I know a lot of people's ancestors in America, Canada, Australia come from Ireland, Scotland, Spanish, Italy, and South America. I also know we can identify where they come from by looking at their last names.
    So which last names are from Irish, Italian, French, Scotish, Spanish, etc?

    Many thanks

    pete
    Hi, Pete!

    Trying to identify a person's origin simply by looking at their first or last name may not always provide you with the answer that you are expecting to hear. Interracial marriages, adoptions, and legal name changes are only a few examples of factors that may alter your suppositions.

    However, you have asked for examples of common names that may be native to a particular country or region of the world. So, for the purpose of discussion, I'll offer a few names that may have their root in the following countries:
    Ireland: O'Malley, O'Brien, Murphy, Kennedy, and O'Connor
    Italy: Gucci, DaVinci, Cavaletti, Corleone, and Fabiani
    Mexico: Sanchez, Gomez, Lopez, Chavez, and Alvarez
    French: DuBois, Dumont, Devereux, Montegue, and Bordeux
    Scottish: Campbell, Duncan, Ferguson, Graham, and MacBride
    Japan: Yanagihashi, Fujimoto, Kawaguchi, Kurosawa, and Matsushita

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