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Ou Family History

Ou Name Meaning

Chinese : during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), a prince of the state of Yue was enfeoffed a region that included a mountain the name of which contained the Chinese character for Ou. Many of the prince’s descendants adopted this character as their surname. Other descendants adopted the surname Ou Yang (the most common of the two-character Chinese surnames), composed of this character together with a character meaning ‘sunny’, indicating the region to the south of the mountain. Cambodian or other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Fu, Lu, Yu, Gu, Wu, You, Bu, Qu, Hu, Xu

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You can see how Ou families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ou family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ou families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 10 Ou families living in California. This was about 77% of all the recorded Ou's in the USA. California had the highest population of Ou families in 1880.
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What did your Ou ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Ou. 34% of Ou men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Framer
  • Salesman
  • Painter
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ou. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Ou. For the veterans among your Ou ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ou lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Ou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Ou in 1964 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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