When Henry Charles Tong was born on 28 October 1896, in Napier, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, his father, Franklin Charles Tong, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Culshaw, was 26. He married Muriel Florence Wotherspoon in 1920, in Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 13 January 1967, in Taradale, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, at the age of 70, and was buried in Taradale Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Some characteristic forenames: Chinese Wing, Ming, Chi, Lai, Man, Hing, Hung, Kin, Kwan, Wen, Hong, Kam, Ping, Minh, Dang, Doan, Dung, Hoang, Lam, My, Trung, Tuan, Tung, Be.
Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 童, also an alternative Cantonese Romanization, meaning ‘children’ in Chinese: (i) from the personal name of Lao Tong (老童), son of the legendary king Zhuanxu (traditional dates: 2514–2437 BC ). (ii) from the personal name of Xu Tong (胥童), the name of an official in the state of Jin (located mainly in present-day Shanxi province) during the reign of the Duke Li of Jin (died 573 BC ).
Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 佟, also an alternative Cantonese Romanization: (i) from Zhong Gu, an official during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC ), who submitted to the king of the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC ). His descendants inherited his name as the surname and later changed to 佟. (ii) traced back to the Jurchen ethnic group, the ancestors of the Manchus, originating in present-day Liaoning province in far northeastern China.