Soh (surname)

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Language(s)Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Region of originSingapore, Malaysia, Korea, others
Other names
  • Chinese: Su
  • Korean: Seo, So

Soh is a surname in various cultures.


Soh may be:


The 2000 South Korean census found 49,456 people with the surname spelled So in RR, and 695,241 with the surname spelled Seo in RR.[2] The former surname is spelled as Soh relatively frequently, but the latter surname is not. In a study based on a sample of applications for South Korean passports in 2007, 8.9% of people with the surname spelled So in RR chose to spell it as Soh in their passports, but none of the people with the surname spelled Seo in RR chose to spell it as Soh in their passports.[3]

According to statistics cited by Patrick Hanks, there were 100 people on the island of Great Britain and none on the island of Ireland with the surname Soh as of 2011.[1]

The 2010 United States Census found 757 people with the surname Soh, making it the 30,767th-most-common name in the country. This represented an increase from 516 people (40,019th-most-common) in the 2000 Census. In both censuses, about nine-tenths of the bearers of the surname identified as Asian, and about 5% as White.[4]


People with one of these surnames spelled as Soh in English include:

  • Soh Kwang-pom (서광범; 徐光範; 1859–1897), Korean reformist of the late Joseon Dynasty
  • Soh Jaipil (서재필; 徐載弼; 1864–1961), Korean independence activist and medical doctor
  • Soh Chin Aun (苏进安; born 1950), Malaysian footballer
  • Soh Hang-suen (蘇杏璇; 1951–2013), Hong Kong actress
  • Shigeru Soh (宗茂; born 1953), Japanese long-distance runner, twin brother of Takeshi
  • Takeshi Soh (宗猛; born 1953), Japanese long-distance runner, twin brother of Shigeru
  • June-Young Soh (소준영; born 1965), South Korean director and musician
  • Cavin Soh (苏梽诚; born 1970), Singaporean actor
  • Elson Soh (苏奕铨; born 1988), Singaporean singer
  • Debra W. Soh (born 1990), Canadian neuroscientist and science journalist
  • Soh Rui Yong (苏睿勇; born 1991), Singaporean long-distance runner
  • Soh Wooi Yik (苏伟译; born 1998), Malaysian badminton player
  • Chunghee Sarah Soh (소정희; 蘇貞姫), South Korean-born American anthropologist


  1. ^ a b c Hanks, Patrick; Coates, Richard; McClure, Peter, eds. (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 2487. ISBN 9780192527479.
  2. ^ "행정구역(구시군)/성씨·본관별 가구 및 인구" [Family names by administrative region (district, city, county): separated by bon-gwan, households and individuals]. Korean Statistical Information Service. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ 성씨 로마자 표기 방안: 마련을 위한 토론회 [Plan for romanisation of surnames: a preparatory discussion]. National Institute of the Korean Language. 25 June 2009. p. 59. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "How common is your last name?". Newsday. Retrieved 5 September 2018.