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Origin and popularity of the name SO


So : 1: Korean (Sŏ): written 서 in Chinese characters 徐 meaning ‘slow’. Although there are two Chinese characters for the Sŏ surname one of these is very rare and can be discounted (there are only about two hundred people in Korea who use this rare character). Some records indicate that the more common character for Sŏ has as many as 165 clans but only eleven of them can be documented. The first recorded ancestor of the Sŏ clans seems to be a Shilla figure named Sŏ Shin-il. According to some legends the rulers of the Old Chosŏn kingdom (died 194 BC) were driven from power by the Wiman Chosŏn and settled in the Ich’ŏn area. The Sŏ clans are among the descendants of these ancient rulers. About fifty percent of modern members of the Sŏ clans live in the Kyŏngsang provinces or in Chŏlla South province. Compare Seo 1 Soh 2 Suh 1 and Sur 3.2: Chinese: Cantonese or Teochew/Hokkien form of the surname 蘇 see Su 1. It is also found in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia Philippines and Indonesia. Compare Soh 1.3: Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surname 索 see Suo.4: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 舒 see Shu 1.5: Hungarian (Só): metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer from só ‘salt’.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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