Sun Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Hui Sun, a high official of the state of Wei, which existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc), located in present-day Shanxi province in north-central China. Wen Wang, the virtuous duke whose magnanimous rule led to the establishment of the Zhou dynasty in 1122 bc, had an eighth son named Kang Shu, who was enfeoffed the state of Wei. The ruling line continued through Wu Gong, whose son Hui Sun became a high official of Wei; his descendants adopted the given name Sun as their surname. Sun Tzu was author of The Art of War, written during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 bc) and still much quoted today. Sun Yat-Sen (1866–1925) was the revolutionary leader instrumental in the overthrow of the Chinese dynastic system early in the twentieth century. Korean: variant of Son.

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


Similar surnames: Lu, Son, Su, Sui, Du, Yun, Xin, Suen, Mun, Sund

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Sun Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sun. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • China

    45%

  • Korea & Northern China

    25%

  • England & Wales

    8%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    5%

  • Philippines

    2%

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Sun Family Origin

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Sun Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sun family was Miner. The most common Sun occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Sun's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sun.

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  • Farmer

    24%
  • Laborer

    20%
  • Farming

    8%
  • Miner

    8%

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Sun Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Sun. For the veterans among your Sun ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sun Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Sun life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Sun in 1957 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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