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Lao Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 勞 meaning ‘consoling and rewarding’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the placename Lao Shan (勞山) the name of a famous hill in present-day Shandong province. It was adopted as a surname during the Western Han dynasty (202 BC–25 AD). (ii) from the official post in ancient China who took charge of consoling citizens and provided help for them. Since the Chinese character 勞 had the meaning ‘consoling and rewarding’ they acquired the surname 勞. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 老: (i) from the first element of Lao Tong (老童) title of son of the legendary king Zhuanxu (traditional dates: 2514–2437 BC). (ii) borne by descendants of Lao Dan (老聃) also known as Lao Tzu founder of Taoism. (iii) from Lao (老) the name of a fief (located in Shandong province) granted to grandson of the Duke Dai of Song (ruler of the state of Song reigned 799–766 BC). Chinese: alternative Cantonese form of the surnames 劉 and 柳. Also Teochew or Hokkien form of the surname 劉. See Liu 1 and Chinese: alternative Cantonese form of the surnames 婁 and 樓 see Lou 1 and Vietnamese: from the Chinese surname 勞 see 1 above. Catalan (Laó): variant of Llaó itself a variant of Lleó a cognate of Spanish Leo 5.7: Spanish (southern): unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mao, Lau, Lai, Cao, Luo, Bao, Tao, Gao, Rao, Hao

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You can see how Lao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lao family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Lao families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 7 Lao families living in Lancashire. This was about 78% of all the recorded Lao's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lao families in 1891.
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What did your Lao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lao. 44% of Lao men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Lao women worked as a Seamstress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
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What is the average Lao lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Lao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Lao in 1965 was 83, and 78 in 2004.

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