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Sun Name Meaning
Chinese : from the name of Hui Sun, a high official of the state of Wei, which existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc), located in present-day Shanxi province in north-central China. Wen Wang, the virtuous duke whose magnanimous rule led to the establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, had an eighth son named Kang Shu, who was enfeoffed the state of Wei. The ruling line continued through Wu Gong, whose son Hui Sun became a high official of Wei; his descendants adopted the given name Sun as their surname. Sun Tzu was author of The Art of War, written during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 bc) and still much quoted today. Sun Yat-Sen (1866–1925) was the revolutionary leader instrumental in the overthrow of the Chinese dynastic system early in the twentieth century.Korean: variant of Son.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

80,847 Historical Documents with Sun on Ancestry.com
43,666 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
12,680 Military Records
10,764 Immigration Records
9,732 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Sun Families

  • Number of Sun families
     19 - 35
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Sun families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Sun families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Sun Family Origin

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Sun Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Sun

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Sun Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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