Li Family Genealogy Forum
kevin; heres an excerpt from another ng which i am quoting from the wesbite please note that he had mentioned the use of hao was at least from the sixteen century which is 1500 onwards, even taking this as a ccurate ,its still much earlier than your estimation usage of hao which you recokedn was only 200 -250 years ago, i am quoting part of the passage from the site http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/3919/honyuen.html
A generation poem indicates the generation to which a man belongs. Every man in a particular generation uses a name that includes the character designated for his generation. In Toishan men receive this new name or ho ¸¹ at the time of marriage. This particular generation poem, consisting of four sentences of five characters each, dates back at least to the sixteenth century. It may be translated as follows: "Those who follow are properly strong and flourishing; their fate is a time of glory. Their vast merit will illuminate upright ancestors; they will offer excellent plans to the Great Court
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