When Ramon Tupas Ma. Coll was born on 28 June 1913, in Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, his father, Geronimo Montales Ma Coll, was 29 and his mother, Concordia Lamac Tupas, was 17. He died on 18 August 1999, at the age of 86.
Some characteristic forenames: Chinese Jian, Li, Hong, Hung, Wing, Wai, Wei, Ying, Ming, Ping, Chi, Cuong, Dong, Jin, Lan, Minh, Thanh, Lien, Trung, Binh, Hao, Phat, Quan, Quang. Korean Chung, Chang, Phong, Sha, Tam, Tian, Cho, Chong, Chul, Dae Yong, Eun Hee, In Sook. Vietnamese Cuong, Dong, Minh, Thanh, Lien, Trung, Binh, Phat, Quan, Quang.
Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 馬, which means ‘horse’: (i) from the first element of Mafu (馬服), the name of a fief (located in Handan in Hebei province) or an honorific title that was granted to Zhao She, a prince of the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (475–221 BC ). The name Mafu (馬服) was later acquired as a surname and shortened to Ma (馬). (ii) from the adopted name of Xi-Li Ji'en (習禮吉恩), an official in the Jin dynasty (1115–1234 AD ), who changed his original name to Ma Qingxiang (馬慶祥) when he moved from Central Asia to Lintao (in present-day Gansu province). (iii) from the adopted name of Yue Naihe (月乃和), a commander-in-chief in the late Jin dynasty (1115–1234 AD ), who changed his original name to Ma Zu Chang (馬祖常). (iv) this surname is also borne by Muslims of the Hui ethnic group, located mainly in northwestern China.
Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 麻, which denotes a herbaceous plant such as hemp or flax: (i) from the placename Ma (麻), the name of a fief (located in Macheng in Hubei province) that was granted to an official of the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC ). (ii) from the first element of the personal name of Ma Ying (麻婴), an official in the state of Qi (located mainly in present-day Shandong province) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC ).