Zheng jiapu Mar 28, 2014 13:47:23 GMT -5
Post by laohuaqiao on Mar 28, 2014 13:47:23 GMT -5
On this page the name orders are birth name ming 名, zi 字 and hao 號. The 2nd and 3rd generation ancestors did not have their birth name ming, so their zi were listed first.
To complicate things, I am not even sure 朝 and 國, or a few more of the generation characters should be in the generation poem. Usually, the first few generation ancestors, when they settled in a new region, keep their generation characters from their place of origin, in this case somewhere in Fujian province Putian. It's only after a few generations, the clan has grown to a large number that they decide to either keep the original generation poem or start with a new one.
Anyway, the original 31 character poem doesn't make much sense to me. Generally, poetry lines are of 4, 5 or 7 characters, so 31-character poem is, to pardon the pun, rather odd. In comparison, the last 2 5-character lines added do make sense.
All of these questions can easily be cleared up by finding your ancestral clan village, in Jieyang 揭阳, speaking to the village folks or locating a recent copy of the clan jiapu or zupu.
You should think more clearly what do you want to do with the info, how much facts do you want dig out from your family history?