Gregoria Zefra Yu

17 November 1919–April 2006 (Age 86)
Clarin, Bohol, Philippines

The Life of Gregoria Zefra

When Gregoria Zefra Yu was born on 17 November 1919, in Clarin, Bohol, Philippines, her father, Mariano Yu, was 29 and her mother, Potenciana Zefra Yu, was 24. She married Juan Omani Paragoso in 1962, in Manila, Philippines. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died in April 2006, in Manila, Philippines, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Juan Omani Paragoso
Gregoria Zefra Yu
Marriage: 1962
Rodolfo Yu Paragoso
Crisellano Yu Paragoso

Spouse and Children

Manila, Philippines


Parents and Siblings


    Potenciana Zefra Yu




World Events (8)


Age 16

Filipino people approve constitution creating the Philippine Commonwealth with Manuel Quezon y Molina as the first president. The Philippines is promised full independence within 10 years.

Age 22

Japan attacks the Philippines by air and invades two weeks later.

Age 25

U.S. forces retake the islands.

Name Meaning

1 Korean: there are four Chinese characters for the surname Yu. Some sources indicate the existence of as many as 230 clans, but only about twenty can be positively documented. Several of the clans are of Chinese origin. The largest Yu clan, the Munhwa Yu, was founded by a man named Ch’a Tal. Ch’a's fifth great-grandfather had been involved in an attempt to overthrow the Shilla king. To avoid prosecution, the ancestor fled to Munhwa and changed his surname, first to that of his maternal grandmother, Yang, and then to Yu. Many years later, Ch’a Tal assisted Wang Kŏn to establish the Koryŏ Kingdom. Ch’a was recognized for his support and was rewarded accordingly. Ch’a's eldest son began again to use the Ch’a surname, but his younger son continued to use Yu. The Munhwa Yu clan, along with the Andong Kwŏn clan, possesses one of the oldest extant clan genealogies in Korea.2 Chinese 余: in the Spring and Autumn period ( 722–481 bc ) there lived in the state of Qin a high counselor called You Yu, whose descendants took part of their forebear's ‘style name’, Yu, as their surname.3 Chinese 于: from the name of a territory granted by Wu Wang , the first king ( 1122–1116 bc ) of the Zhou dynasty, to his second son. Some of his descendants adopted a simplified version of the character for Yu as their surname.

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

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