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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Soon
  1. In a short time; shortly after any time specified or supposed; as, soon after sunrise." Soonersaid than done."Old Proverb."As soonas it might be."Chaucer."She finished, and the subtle fiend his lore Soon learned." [Milton.]
  2. Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early."How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?" [Ex. ii. 18.]
  3. Promptly; quickly; easily."Small lights are soon blown out, huge fires abide." [Shak.]
  4. Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with would, or some other word expressing will."I would as soon see a river winding through woods or in meadows, as when it is tossed up in so many whimsical figures at Versailles." [Addison.]

Etymology: OE. sone, AS. sōna; cf. OFries. sōn, OS. sāna sāno, OHG. sār, Goth. suns

adjective Soon
Speedy; quick.
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  1. In the near future ("the doctor will soon be here")

From Middle English soone, sone, from Old English sōna (“immediately, at once”), from Proto-Germanic *sēna, *sēnô (“immediately, soon, then”), from Proto-Germanic *sa (demonstrative pronoun), from Proto-Indo-European *só (demonstrative pronoun). Cognate with Scots sone, sune, schone (“soon, quickly, at once”), North Frisian san (“immediately, at once”), Dutch dialectal zaan (“soon, before long”), Middle Low German sān (“right afterwards, soon”), Middle High German sān, son (“soon, then”), Old High German sār (“immediately, soon”). Compare also Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐍃 (suns, “immediately, soon”), from Proto-Germanic *suniz (“soon”).

soon was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Wolof

Notable Persons Named Soon

Soon Hee Newbold is an actor, film producer, composer, musician, screenwriter, and actress. Soon was born in Seoul.


Soon was born on May 28th, 1966 in Singapore.


Soon was born on January 9th, 1968 in Ipoh.


Soon was born on June 27th, 1990.


Soon was born on August 3rd, 1957.


Soon was born on December 30th, 1984 in South Korea.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Soon

Willie Soon is a scientist in the fields of earth science and solar physics. Willie was born in Kangar, Malaysia.


Lim Nee Soon was a merchant. Lim was born on November 12th, 1879 in Singapore. He died on March 20th, 1936.


Wong Peng Soon is a badminton player.


Tay was born on January 20th, 1940. He breathed his last breath on August 5th, 1993.


Anthony Poon was an artist. Anthony was given the name Poon Kin Soon on April 21st, 1945 in Singapore. He breathed his last breath on September 2nd, 2006.


Lyndel was born on July 2nd, 1978 in Penang.


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Popularity of Soon as a last name

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Common last names for Soon

  • Kim
  • Lee
  • Park
  • Hong
  • Choi
  • Chung
  • Kang
  • Chang
  • Cho
  • Oh
  • Kwon
  • Wong
  • Shin
  • Han
  • Choe
  • Song

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Soon U.S.
  White 7.87% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 68.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 17.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Soon

People with the last name Soon are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Soon

  • How Popular is the name Soon? Soon is the 47,830th most popular name of all time. As a last name Soon was the 30,980th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Soon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48 babies born with the first name Soon in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Soon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Soon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Soon is Friday, March 21st, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Soon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Soon was in 1949 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Random Soon Factoid: According to the 1947 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Soon is not a popular baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1947.
  • Weird things about the name Soon: Your name in reverse order is Noos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Osno. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Soon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 750 people with the last name Soon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Soon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Soon as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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