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Song Name Meaning

Korean: written 송 in Chinese characters 宋 denoting the Song kingdom. There are actually two Chinese characters for this surname covering sixteen clans. The smaller clan is the only clan to use another one of the two Chinese characters and it has only one or two households. The remaining clans all descend from a common ancestor Song Chu-ŭn (宋 株殷) who seems to have migrated from Tang China to Korea sometime during the Shilla period. Sixty percent of the Songs live in southern Korea. Korean (Sŏng): written 성 in Chinese characters 成 meaning ‘success’. There are actually two Chinese characters for the surname Sŏng but one of them is registered for just a single household. Only the common Sŏng clan the Ch’angnyŏng clan is treated here. This was founded by Sŏng In-bo (成 仁輔) just prior to the establishment of the Koryŏ kingdom in 918. According to legend Sŏng In-bo died in Seoul. His son set out to transport his father's body back to Ch’angnyŏng but the weather being poor he decided to stop for the night and finish the journey in the morning. When he awoke he discovered that his father's body was missing. Upon investigation he found that a tiger had dragged the body to a secluded grave site in the mountains near Ch’angnyŏng. It was there that the son buried his father and established his home. Many of the members of the Sŏng clan today live in the Ch’angnyŏng area of Kyŏngsang province. Compare Sung 5. Chinese: Mandarin form and Cantonese variant of the surname 宋: (i) from Song (宋) the name of a state (located in Shangqiu in Henan province) granted to Wei Ziqi by King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). After the state was annexed by the state of Qi (located mainly in present-day Shandong province) in 286 BC some descendants of the royal family from the state adopted 宋 the name of the state as their surname. (ii) said to be traced back to the personal name Song (宋) personal name of a prince in the state of Zheng during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 松 meaning ‘pine tree’ in Chinese: It was said that Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BC) the first emperor of the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) once took shelter from the rain under a giant pine tree on his way back to the palace after a ceremony. He later honored the tree and the local residents nearby adopted Song (松) as a surname. Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 桑 see Sang Chinese: Hakka form of the surname 常 see Chang 7: Southeast Asian (Hmong): variant of Xiong 8: Cambodian: written សុង of Chinese origin but unexplained etymology (probably corresponding to one of the surnames above). The surname សុង also corresponds to the archaic Khmer word meaning ‘(to be) black as night’.

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

Similar surnames: Kong, Rong, Hong, Gong, Yong, Son, Pong, Long, Tong, Sang

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You can see how Song families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Song family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Song families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 47 Song families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Song's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Song families in 1891.
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What did your Song ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Song. 87% of Song women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Milliner
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Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Song life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Song in 1956 was 62, and 68 in 2004.

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