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Su Name Meaning

Chinese : from the place name Su. A descendant of the emperor Zhuan Xu, who lived in the 26th century bc, was granted a fiefdom called Su, and his descendants eventually adopted the place name as their surname. Chinese : from part of an official title, Zhisu Duwei, of the Western Han dynasty (206 bc–24 ad). This title was borne by the official in charge of granaries, an important role as granaries could be strategic military targets. A descendant of one such official adopted the character Su from the title as his surname. Chinese : from the name of an ancient kingdom called Su, which existed during the reign of the first of the three legendary emperors, Fu Xi (2852–2734 bc). Vietnamese: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Gu, Wu, Yu, Lu, Hu, Qu, Xu, Fu, Du, Shu

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You can see how Su families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Su family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Su families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 33 Su families living in California. This was about 75% of all the recorded Su's in the USA. California had the highest population of Su families in 1880.
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What did your Su ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the US named Su. 54% of Su men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    54%
  • Laborer
    31%
  • Cook
    16%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Su. 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 964 military records available for the last name Su. For the veterans among your Su ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Su lifespan?

Between 1970 and 2004, in the United States, Su life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Su in 1970 was 68, and 77 in 2004.

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