South Name Meaning

English: from Middle English south, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.

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

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South Family Origin

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South Family Occupations

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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your South ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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  • Farmer

    41%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Farming

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%

In 1880, the most common South occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of South's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the South family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by South.

Source: Census data for South | Data not to scale

South Historical Records

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South Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, South life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for South in 1941 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for South

Famous South Family

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Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)

Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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