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Song Name Meaning

Korean: there are two Chinese characters for this surname, covering sixteen clans. The smaller clan is the only clan to use one of the two Chinese characters, and it has only one or two households. The remaining clans all descend from a common ancestor, Song Chu-un, who seems to have migrated from Tang China to Korea sometime during the Shilla period. Sixty percent of the Songs live in southern Korea. Korean (Song): there are two Chinese characters for the surname Song, but one of them is registered for just a single household. Only the common Song clan, the Ch’angnyong clan, is treated here. This was founded by Song In-bo just prior to the establishment of the Koryo kingdom in 918. According to legend, Song In-bo died in Seoul. His son set out to transport his father’s body back to Ch’angnyong, but, the weather being poor, he decided to stop for the night and finish the journey in the morning. When he awoke, he discovered that his father’s body was missing. Upon investigation, he found that a tiger had dragged the body to a secluded grave site in the mountains near Ch’angnyong. It was there that the son buried his father and established his home. Many of the members of the Song clan today live in the Ch’angnyong area of Kyongsang province. Chinese : from a place name, the state of Song. After the Zhou overthrew the corrupt king of the Shang dynasty, Zhou Xin, in 1122 bc, the new Zhou dynasty granted the state of Song to the overthrown king’s half-brother, Wei Ziqi. His descendants eventually adopted the place name Song as their surname. This name was that of the Song dynasty, (960–1279), and in more recent times was borne by the powerful Soong siblings: T.V. Soong, once one of the richest men in the world; Soong Ch’ing-ling, wife of Sun Yat-Sen; and Soong Mei-ling, wife of Chiang Kai-shek.

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

Similar surnames: Kong, Rong, Hong, Gong, Yong, Son, Pong, Long, Tong, Sang

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Song Family Origin

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Song Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Song. 24% of Song men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Song women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Song were Salesman and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cook
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Cook
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife

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Song Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Song Life Expectancy

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Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Song life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Song in 1956 was 62, and 68 in 2004.

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