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Ou Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 歐 meaning ‘to sing someone's praise’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the placename Dong Ou (東甌) a fief (in present-day Wenzhou in Zhejiang province) which was granted to Yao in 192 BC. It is said that Yao was a descendant of Wujiang (reigned 355–333 BC) king of the state of Yue (located mainly in present-day Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) from the placename Ou Yu (歐餘) the name of a fief (located in present-day Zhejiang province) that was granted to Ti the second son of Wujiang (reigned 355–333 BC) king of the state of Yue (located mainly in present-day Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces) during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 區 originally denoting an ancient vessel for measurement in ancient Chinese: from the personal name of Ou Zhizi (歐治子) an expert sword-maker who lived during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Some of his descendants inherited Ou (歐) as their surname simplifying the Chinese character 歐 to 區. Cambodian: written អ៊ូ of Chinese origin from 歐 (see 1 above).

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

Similar surnames: Fu, Lu, Yu, Gu, Wu, You, Bu, Qu, Hu, Xu

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You can see how Ou families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ou family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ou families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 10 Ou families living in California. This was about 77% of all the recorded Ou's in USA. California had the highest population of Ou families in 1880.
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In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Ou. 34% of Ou men worked as a Farmer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Framer
  • Salesman
  • Painter
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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Ou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Ou in 1964 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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