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Sy Surname Meaning

Filipino: of Chinese origin see 2 and 3 below. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 施 (see Shi ) and 薛 (see Xue ). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 李 see Li Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 徐 based on its pronunciation in Hakka dialect see Xu West African (Senegal Mauritania Mali and Guinea): from the name of the Sy clan of the Tukulor people apparently based on the Soninke word si ‘horse’. This surname is also found among the Soninkes. French (mainly Pas-de-Calais): variant of Flemish Sys itself a variant of Syx and Six . This surname is also found in Germany (see also 7 below). Compare See and Sie .7: German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name containing the element sigi ‘victory’. The name is at least in part of cognate French and ultimately Flemish origin (see 6 above).

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


Similar surnames: Ty, Ky, Su, Uy, Si, Dy, Ly, Hy, Lo, Ok

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Where is the Sy family from?

You can see how Sy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sy family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sy families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Sy family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Sy's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sy families in 1840.
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What did your Sy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sy. 32% of Sy men worked as a Farmer and 58% of Sy women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sy were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Farm Labor
    28%
  • Carpenter
    14%
  • Salesman
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    58%
  • Housekeeper
    43%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sy. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Sy. For the veterans among your Sy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sy lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Sy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Sy in 1964 was 83, and 70 in 2004.

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