Sin last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Sin is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Sin.

Meaning of Sin

A Chinese surname derived from the state of Sin in the Zhou dynasty, or referring to the god of the wind.

Sin, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Sin surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Sin in America

Sin is the 8797th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sin surname appeared 3,725 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Sin.

We can also compare 2010 data for Sin to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 8797 9011 -2.40%
Count 3,725 3,335 11.05%
Proportion per 100k 1.26 1.24 1.60%

The history of the last name Sin

The surname Sin is believed to have originated in China, where it is a common family name with a long history dating back centuries. The name Sin is derived from the Chinese characters 辛 (xīn), which has various meanings including "bitter," "arduous," "laborious," and "hard work."

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Sin can be found in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) text "Yuan Shi" (History of the Yuan Dynasty), which mentions individuals with the surname Sin who held official positions during that era. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE), the surname Sin was particularly prevalent in the regions of Guangdong, Fujian, and Zhejiang provinces.

In the 14th century, a prominent figure named Sin Sukju (1314-1395) from Shandong Province served as a high-ranking official and scholar during the late Yuan and early Ming dynasties. Another notable individual was Sin Guanren (1513-1599), a renowned philosopher, poet, and calligrapher from Zhejiang Province during the Ming Dynasty.

The surname Sin has also been associated with various place names in China, such as Sin County in Hebei Province and Sin Village in Guangdong Province. These place names may have influenced the spread and adoption of the surname Sin in those regions.

During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), a famous general named Sin Renmei (601-680) played a crucial role in suppressing the Xuanwu Uprising, earning him recognition and likely contributing to the prominence of the surname Sin during that period.

Another historical figure bearing the surname Sin was Sin Guiyuan (1002-1060), a renowned scholar and official who served as the Grand Chancellor during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). His works on Confucian philosophy and literature were highly influential and helped establish the reputation of the Sin family name.

It is important to note that while the surname Sin has a long history in China, its prevalence and distribution may have varied across different regions and time periods, reflecting the complex cultural and demographic changes that have shaped the country over centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Sin

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Sin.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Sin was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 4.30% 160
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 89.58% 3,337
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.88% 70
Hispanic Origin 3.38% 126

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Sin has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 4.30% 6.09% -34.46%
Black (S)% 1.68% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander 89.58% 87.08% 2.83%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% 0.00% (S)%
Two or More Races 1.88% 3.30% -54.83%
Hispanic 3.38% 1.86% 58.02%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Sin was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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