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Som Name Meaning

Indian (Bengal and southern states) and Bangladeshi: Hindu name from Sanskrit soma ‘moon’. It is usually a Kayasth name in Bengal. It is a variant of Soman among people from Kerala and Tamil Nadi who have migrated from their home state. It is only a given name in southern India, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S. by families from southern India. Cambodian: unexplained. Hungarian: probably a nickname for someone with a sour disposition, from som, a sour-tasting forest fruit.

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


Similar surnames: Sol, Sem, Om, Rom, Sok, So, Sum, Sim, Dom, Son

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Where is the Som family from?

You can see how Som families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Som family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Som families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Som family living in Indiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Som's in the USA. Indiana and 2 other states had the highest population of Som families in 1840.
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What did your Som ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Som. 46% of Som men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Som women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Som were Farm and Housewife.

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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
    46%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Baker
    13%
  • Farm
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    50%
  • Housewife
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Som. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Som. For the veterans among your Som ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Som lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Som life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Som in 1968 was 76, and 70 in 2004.

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