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So Surname Meaning

Korean (): written 서 in Chinese characters 徐 meaning ‘slow’. Although there are two Chinese characters for the Sŏ surname one of these is very rare and can be discounted (there are only about two hundred people in Korea who use this rare character). Some records indicate that the more common character for Sŏ has as many as 165 clans but only eleven of them can be documented. The first recorded ancestor of the Sŏ clans seems to be a Shilla figure named Sŏ Shin-il. According to some legends the rulers of the Old Chosŏn kingdom (died 194 BC) were driven from power by the Wiman Chosŏn and settled in the Ich’ŏn area. The Sŏ clans are among the descendants of these ancient rulers. About fifty percent of modern members of the Sŏ clans live in the Kyŏngsang provinces or in Chŏlla South province. Compare Seo 1 Soh 2 Suh 1 and Sur Chinese: Cantonese or Teochew/Hokkien form of the surname 蘇 see Su It is also found in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia Philippines and Indonesia. Compare Soh Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surname 索 see Suo . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 舒 see Shu Hungarian (): metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer from ‘salt’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Sok, Ko, Sa, Son, To, Ho, Bo, Su, No, Mo

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You can see how So families moved over time by selecting different census years. The So family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most So families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 217 So families living in London. This was about 37% of all the recorded So's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of So families in 1891.
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What did your So ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Private Means was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named So. 100% of So women worked as a Private Means. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Private Means
    100%
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Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, So life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for So in 1965 was 91, and 73 in 2004.

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