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The 10th most common Chinese last name. Wus last name came from one of the following sources, 1) descendents of Wu Quan, an official of Zhuan Xu (2,513 2435 B.C.), 2) descendents of Yu Shun (2,255 2,205 B.C.), 3) descendents of the famous archer of Xia Shao Kang (2,079-2,057 B.C.), 4) descendents of the kings of the Wu Kingdom established by Tai Bo and Zhong Yong. The fourth source is the biggest one. Zhou Gu Gong (see last name Zhou) has three sons; oldest son was Tai Bo, second son was Zhong Yong and third son Ji Li (Zhou Wen Wang). Ji Li had a son, Ji Chang, who was extremely smart. Gu Gong wanted to make Ji Li his heir so that his son Ji Chang might become the king. Tai Bo and Zhong Yong understood their fathers intention and left the Zhou kingdom to the south east coast, where they set up their own kingdom, Wu. With Wu Zi Xu as prime minister and Sun Wu as general, Wu became a powerful kingdom, defeated Chu, Yue and Ji, and began to challenge Jin. Unfortunately, Wus duke Fu Cha became arrogant and refused to listen to Wu Zi Xu, leading to the elimination of Wu by Yue. Descendents of Fu Cha began to bear the last name of Wu ever since.
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