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Sum Family History

Sum Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ornamental occupational name from Polish sum ‘wels’, ‘sheatfish’, a species of catfish. Chinese : variant of Shum. Chinese : variant of Shen 1. Cambodian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Sam, Shum, Lum, Su, Som, Sem, Sun, Hum, Sim, Tur

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Where is the Sum family from?

You can see how Sum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sum families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sum family living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sum's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Sum families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sum. 23% of Sum men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Sum women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sum were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
    23%
  • Cook
    11%
  • Proprietor
    9%
  • Salesman
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    34%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Housekeeper
    23%
  • Stenographer
    23%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Sum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sum census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sum. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Sum. For the veterans among your Sum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sum lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Sum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Sum in 1950 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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