Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Family's Generation Poem

I am excited!!!

I went down Melaka just now with to collect some (Tan) family data with a friend.

We went to the Eng Chuan Association, where I normally go during 2nd day of Chinese New Year.

Not much record left, but I found this:

秋尚仕国

忠恒茂尧

舜禹伯子

公侯可期

诗书为上

用是振拔

千载垂芳


It's a generation poem that is used in my family originated from 福建省同安马曾厝社.

And my name "为思",takes the middle name from the word in "为" in 诗书为上, which means "Study Hard". (No wonder all my cousins and brother has the middle name of "为" )

My grandfather's called "诗贴", taken from the word "诗", while my great-grandfather's name is "可拿", middle name taken from "可".

And this poem has been passed down for generations. It's kind of a "guide-line" in giving names in the family. Of course, not all follow exactly nowadays.

Still, it means a lot to me, especially in this modern society, where we are fast losing our identity, culture and tradition.

I appreciate the meaning of the poem, and respect my fore-fathers for their wisdom and vision.


15 comments:

1399 said...

You are 29th generation from the genealogy record of Tan Clan root in Jinmen (Kim Mooi). The ancestor kampong is located at XiaXing (夏兴)【formely known as 下坑】, Jinhu Town (金湖镇),Jinmen County (金门县)。

Your 16th generation ancestor, namely Master Hengyuan (恒元公) migrated from Jinmen to Xiamen before year 1755 and settled at 翔安区内厝镇曾厝村 until today.

We share a great ancestor, namely 九世祖 光显公 from the same parental linkage。Please read the information as the links are provided as below:

http://xiaxing.blogkaki.net/

http://xiaxing.blogkaki.net/viewblog-77005

http://xiaxing.blogkaki.net/viewblog-78074

http://xiaxing.blogkaki.net/spacelist-image

So your ancestor branch is known as 《东厝派》and my branch is 《东宅派》from the common ancestor. These two branches are brothers.

You can reach me at sea1399@gmail.com.

My name is 詩聖, same generation as your grandfather.

cruSadER said...

Hi Mr Tan!!!!

Thanks for the reply!!!

It's great to know that I have a relative of my grandfather's generation!

I'll contact you soon!

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