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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Um

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From Middle English um, from Old Norse um, umb (“around, about”), from Proto-Germanic *umbi (“around”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂m̥bʰi (“round about, around”). Cognate with Old English ymbe (“around”). More at umbe.


A Latin-script rendering of µm.

  1. Alternative spelling of µm

    um was also found in the following language(s): Czech, East Makian, Elfdalian, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Indo-Portuguese, Irish, Khasi, Latin, Livonian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old Norse, Portuguese, Romansch, Scots, Serbo-Croatian, and Slovak

    Notable Persons Named Um

    Um Ki-joon is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Um was born on March 23rd, 1976 in Seoul.


    Um Hyo-sup is an actor. Um was born on October 24th, 1966 in South Korea.


    Um Sang-hyun is a voice acting and voice actor. He has been prominent since 1998. Um was born on December 29th, 1971.


    Um Aing-ran is an actor and actress. Um was given the name Eom in-gi on March 20th, 1936 in Seoul.


    Um Sereyroth is a soccer player for the National Defense Ministry FC, Asia Europe University, Cambodia national under-21 football team, Cambodia national under-23 football team, and Cambodia national football team. Um was born on September 25th, 1997 in Cambodia.


    Um Tae-hwa is a screenwriter and film director. Um was born in 1980 in South Korea.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Um

    Hong-gil was born on September 14th, 1960.


    Ji-eun was born on May 18th, 1987 in Incheon.


    Cheon-Ho was born on February 25th, 1992.


    He died in 1978.



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    Popularity of Um as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Um U.S.
      White 1.80% 64.26%
      African American 0.50% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.08% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.87% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Um

    People with the last name Um are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Um

    • How Popular is the name Um? As a last name Um was the 17,526th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Um first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Um is Friday, August 1st, 1879.
    • How unique is the name Um? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Um. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Um: Your name in reverse order is Mu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mu. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Um? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,607 people with the last name Um.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Um? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Um as their last name since less than 1 person in 185k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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