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Son Family History

Son Name Meaning

Korean: there is one Chinese character for the Son surname. Some sources mention as many as 118 clans for the Son family, but only seven can be documented. According to legend, the Son clan’s founding ancestor was named Kuryema and was one of the six pre-Shilla elders who made Pak Hyokkose the first king of Shilla. The first documented ancestor, however, was called Sun. Sun is said to have lived a poverty-stricken existence in the Shilla period. His son was a voracious eater and ate Sun’s old mother’s food as well as his own. Sun, feeling that he could always get another son but that his mother was irreplaceable, decided to go into the mountains to bury his son. When he dug into the ground, however, he found a bell. He hung the bell on a nearby tree and rang it. So loud and clear was the cry of the bell that the king heard it in the palace below and came to investigate. The king was amazed at the bell and gave Sun a house and food. Later, a Buddhist temple was built on that spot. The founding ancestor of the Iljik (or Andong) Son clan originally bore the surname Sun, but during the reign of Koryo king Hyonjong (1009–1031), Sun was changed to Son. English: from Middle English sone ‘son’, hence a distinguishing epithet for a son who shared the same personal name as his father. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Sohn, or Sonn.

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


Similar surnames: Song, Sok, Yon, Sohn, Sun, So, Kwon, Sone, Don, Kon

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You can see how Son families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Son family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Son families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Son families living in New York. This was about 39% of all the recorded Son's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Son families in 1840.
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What did your Son ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Son. 28% of Son men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Son women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Son were Fireman and Teacher.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    26%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Fireman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    24%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Waitress
    12%
  • Teacher
    8%
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What is the average Son lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Son life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Son in 1952 was 48, and 70 in 2004.

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