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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Sum Family Origin

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Sum Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sum family was Confectioner. Farmer, Butcher and Cigar Manufacturer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sum. The most common Sum occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Sum's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Cigar Manufacturer

  • Confectioner


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Sum Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Sum Life Expectancy

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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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