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U Surname Meaning

Korean: written 우 in Chinese characters 禹. Unexplained. Compare Woo Chinese: variant of Yu and Wu . Possibly also Burmese: from U a title of respect and a form of address for an adult respected man similar to English ‘mister’ or ‘sir’; its literal meaning is ‘uncle’ (u-lay or u-gyi in Burmese) but etymologically it is of the same origin as the personal name Oo — Note: This title is not used as a personal name in Burma but in the US it might have been in some cases registered (or counted in the census data) as a surname.

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


Similar surnames: Ju, Yu, O, Ku, Tu, Mu, Au, Bu, Pu, Wu

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You can see how U families moved over time by selecting different census years. The U family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most U families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 8 U families living in Massachusetts. This was 100% of all the recorded U's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of U families in 1880.
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What did your U ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farm Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named U. 100% of U men worked as a Farm Laborer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farm Laborer
    100%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name U. For the veterans among your U ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average U lifespan?

Between 1983 and 2004, in the United States, U life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for U in 1983 was 79, and 90 in 2004.

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