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Lim Genealogy and Lim Family History Information

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  • Adela Lim Lim-Planas
    Adela Lim Planas-Paterno was crowned Miss Visayas at the 1939 Manila Carnival. More here:
  • Rosalina Cispon Lim (c.1913 - d.)
    Rosalina Cispon Lim-Martinez was Miss Luzon at the 6th National Beauty Contest at the 1932 Manila Carnival. More here:
  • Lim (deceased)
  • Lim (deceased)
  • Lim Tew Neo (deceased)

About the Lim surname

Lim is a Hokkien transcription of a Chinese surname, Lin, or 林 (pinyin Lín). The literal meaning of this surname is "forest" or "woods".

Among the overseas Chinese, the surname Lim (also transcribed as Lam, Lum, Lim or Liem) may be more common than in China because many overseas Chinese have origins in Fujian. This is due to the migrating Fujian Chinese seeking their fortunes particularly in Southeast Asia.

In Hong Kong and Vietnam, the name most often takes the form "Lam".

In Taiwan, Lin is the second most common surname, with a population of 9% Taiwanese (2.1 million, 2005 estimate), behind only Chen.

In mainland China (except south-eastern coastal regions of Fujian), Lin is less common.

Lim is also the spelling and pronunciation for those from Taishan, Guangdong, China. Lim's from Taishan are heavily concentrated in the Shuibu area, just north of the main city of Taicheng. The Taishanese Lim benevolent societies are very active in San Francisco and Oakland, California, USA.