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Su Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 蘇 the Chinese name for perilla (a herb of the mint family); also meaning ‘revive’ in Chinese: (i) from Su (蘇) the name of an ancient state (originally located in Henan province then moved to Hebei province) during the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC) and the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). During the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC) the state of Su (蘇) was granted to Su Fen Sheng (蘇忿生) a revered official who made great contributions to the establishment of the Western Zhou dynasty. After the state was annexed by minority ethnic groups in northern China during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) the name of the state was adopted as a surname. (ii) adopted as a surname by the Ba Lue (拔略) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iii) traced back to the Wu Huan ethnic group and the Di ethnic group in northern China. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 㝛 meaning ‘lodge for the night’ in Chinese: (i) from Su (㝛) the name of an ancient state (located in Dongping in Shandong province) during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (ii) adopted as a surname by the Su Liu Jin (㝛六斤) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 粟 meaning ‘unhusked millet’ or ‘grain’ in Chinese: (i) from Su (粟) post name during the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) in charge of grains or post name during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC–25 AD) in charge of army provisions (mainly consisting of grains). (ii) possibly misused form of another Chinese surname 宿 because of their similar pronunciations. Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 舒. Also variant Romanization of the surname 束. See Shu 1 and Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 徐 胥 and 須 possibly based on their Hokkien pronunciation see Xu 1 3 and 5. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 史 and 師 probably based on their Teochew Hokkien or Taiwanese pronunciations found in Fujian and Taiwan from where some people migrated to Malaysia Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. See Shi 2 and 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 司 see Si 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 蕭 (or 肖) see Xiao .9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 褚 see Chu 10: Vietnamese (Sử): from the Chinese surname 史 see Shi

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gu, Wu, Yu, Lu, Hu, Qu, Xu, Fu, Du, Shu

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You can see how Su families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Su family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Su families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Su families living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Su's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Su families in 1911.
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What did your Su ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Su. 67% of Su men worked as a Labourer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
    67%
  • Student
    17%
  • Cook
    17%
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Between 1970 and 2004, in the United States, Su life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Su in 1970 was 68, and 77 in 2004.

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