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Oh Family History

Oh Name Meaning

Korean (O): historically, there were two Chinese characters for the O surname, but by the late Koryo period (14th century ad), one of them had disappeared. Some records indicate that there are as many as 210 different clans for the remaining character, but only sixteen can be positively documented. All sixteen of these clans originate from the same ancestor, O Ch’om, who migrated to Korea from China during the reign of Shilla’s King Chijung (500–514 ad). Oh is a common surname throughout Korea. Japanese: Romanization of O ‘king’, the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese surname Wang. It is mostly borne by Japanese of Chinese descent or Chinese long-term residents in Japan.

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


Similar surnames: Yoh, Im, Ou, Lu, Oe, Toh, Qi, Du, Che, O

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Where is the Oh family from?

You can see how Oh families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oh family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oh families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Oh families living in British Columbia. This was about 73% of all the recorded Oh's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Oh families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oh surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oh ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Oh. 60% of Oh men worked as a Labourer.

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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 1921

  • Labourer
    60%
  • Cook
    40%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Oh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oh 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Oh. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Oh. For the veterans among your Oh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oh lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Oh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Oh in 1964 was 84, and 65 in 2004.

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