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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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You can see how Sun families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sun family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sun families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sun family living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sun's in the USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Sun families in 1840.
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What did your Sun ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sun. 28% of Sun men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Sun women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sun were Manager and Elevator Operator.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Cook
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Elevator Operator
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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Sun. 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 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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What is the average Sun lifespan?

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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