Fa'amaoina Tei

about 1874–about 1953 (Age 79)
Fitiuta, Manu'a, American Samoa

The Life of Fa'amaoina

When Fa'amaoina Tei was born about 1874, in Fitiuta, Manu'a, American Samoa, her father, Tuiveta Ta'aga, was 29 and her mother, Amalama Moa’atoa, was 27. She died about 1953, in her hometown, at the age of 79.

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World Events (3)


Age 40

New Zealand occupies Western Samoa during World War I and continues to administer it after the war by virtue of a League of Nations mandate (and a United Nations mandate after World War II).

Age 52

American Samoa is devestated by a hurricane. Olosega, in the Manua Islands, suffered the most. The Navy Department gave the Territory 50 tons of rice, 10 tons of salmon and 15 tons of biscuits.

Age 65

U.S. troops are stationed in Western Samoa during World War II, but no battles are fought on the islands.

Name Meaning

Chinese 费: this surname has three main sources. Two of them are from the state of Lu during the Spring and Autumn period ( 722–481 bc ), part of present-day Shandong province. A senior official of the state of Lu was granted a city named Fei, while the son of a certain duke was granted a county named Fei. Both of these place names were adopted by descendants as surnames. A third source of the name is Fei Zhong , a high minister of the Yin dynasty ( 1401–1122 bc ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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