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South Family History

South Name Meaning

English: from Middle English south, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.

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

Similar surnames: North, Slough, Worth, Booth, Forth, Souto, Routh, Louth, Tout, Shutt

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Where is the South family from?

You can see how South families moved over time by selecting different census years. The South family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most South families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 203 South families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded South's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of South families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the South surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your South ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named South. 42% of South men worked as a Farmer and 28% of South women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named South were Salesman and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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What South family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 160,000 census records available for the last name South. Like a window into their day-to-day life, South 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name South. 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 83,000 military records available for the last name South. For the veterans among your South ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average South lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, South life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for South in 1941 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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