It is accep­ted almost eve­ryw­here that the wife pas­ses into the hus­band’s family. The reverse is esta­bli­shed without any disad­van­tage in Formosa,1 where the hus­band goes to form the wife’s family.

This law that fixes the family in a suc­ces­sion of per­sons of the same sex contri­bu­tes greatly, inde­pen­dently of the ori­gi­nal rea­sons, to the pro­pa­ga­tion of the human spe­cies. The family is a sort of pro­perty ; a man who has chil­dren of the sex that does not per­pe­tuate it is never satis­fied until he has some of the sex that does.

The names that give men the idea of some­thing that seems des­ti­ned never to perish are very help­ful in ins­pi­ring in each family the desire to extend its dura­tion. There are peo­ples among whom names desi­gnate fami­lies ; there are others where they desi­gnate only per­sons, which is not as good.

Father du Halde, vol. I, p. 165.