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Sumsion Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. It looks like Middle English sumpcion somsion a shortened form of assumpcioun ‘assumption’ denoting the Feast of the Assumption (15 August) and the word might have been used as a personal name or nickname for someone born on or around that date. However no evidence has been found for this and it is more likely that Sumsion is an altered form of some other name. A patronymic ‘son of Somme’ is apparently attested in 1381 in Shropshire but the identity of the personal name is unknown and patronymics in -son were not common in Devon or Wiltshire where Sums(i)on seems to have originated. In that part of England names in -son are often habitational in origin so one possibility is that it is a shortened form of Summerson However two different names may simply have been confused in speech or in writing through their similarity. The change of -son to -sion -tion and -shon is the result of palatalization of /s/.

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


Similar surnames: Sumption, Durston, Fuson, Samson, Simson, Sumlin, Session, Campion

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You can see how Sumsion families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sumsion family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Sumsion families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 93 Sumsion families living in Somerset. This was about 38% of all the recorded Sumsion's in United Kingdom. Somerset had the highest population of Sumsion families in 1891.
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What did your Sumsion ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Gardener and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sumsion. 34% of Sumsion men worked as a Gardener and 76% of Sumsion women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sumsion were Cabinet Maker and Domestic Duties Unpaid. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Gardener
    34%
  • Transport Worker (docks)
    17%
  • Farm Labourer
    17%
  • Cabinet Maker
    17%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
    4%
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Between 1966 and 2003, in the United States, Sumsion life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Sumsion in 1966 was 63, and 68 in 2003.

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