I am Noel Ontong's cousin from Cape Town South Africa. Thank you for responding to him and in turn to me as I am also in search of our ancestors. My theory was that we were named after the islands as so many slaves were. You have given more insight as to the fact that we do have ancestors. I could possibly agree with your dad that we are of Chinese descent as there is also the spelling Onthong which is Chinese. One of the slaves were brought from Batavia, India and could therefore have been Chinese who landed up in India. It does still pose the problem that we need to connect all the strands. Even here we have a Northern Cape group and a Western Cape group with a link missing. We do need to find the missing link.