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So Family History

So Name Meaning

Korean (So): although there are two Chinese characters for the So surname, one of these is extremely 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 So has as many as 165 clans, but only eleven of them can be documented. The first recorded ancestor of the So clans seems to be a Shilla figure named So Shin-il. According to some legends, the rulers of the Old Choson kingdom (died 194 bc) were driven from power by the Wiman Choson and settled in the Ich’on area. The So clans are among the descendants of these ancient rulers. About fifty percent of modern members of the So clans live in the Kyongsang provinces or in Cholla South province. Chinese : a Cantonese form of Su 1. Hungarian (Só): metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer, from só ‘salt’.

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


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

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Where is the So family from?

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 the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 21 So families living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded So's in the USA. California had the highest population of So families in 1880.
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What did your So ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named So. 62% of So men worked as a Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
    62%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Helper
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name So. 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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Draft Cards

There are 988 military records available for the last name So. For the veterans among your So ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average So lifespan?

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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