South Family History

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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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South Family Origin

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South Family Occupations

What did your South ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named South. 3% of South men worked as a General Labourer and 51% of South women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named South were Bricklayer and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

South Historical Records

What South family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name South. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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South Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for South

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your South ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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