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Lau Name Meaning

German: nickname for a physically strong person from Middle High German louwe lauwe ‘lion’. In some cases the surname may have been a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn distinguished by the sign of a lion. Compare Lowe . German: topographic name for someone living in a bush-covered area or clearing Middle Low German lo loch lage Middle High German . North German Danish and Dutch: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence ). Compare Louw . Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 劉 and 柳 see Liu 1 and It is also found in Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia. Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 婁 and 樓 see Lou 1 and Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 勞 and 老 see Lao 1 and 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 羅 see Luo

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

Similar surnames: Bau, Kau, Mau, Lao, Lam, Leu, Hau, Rau, Dau, Liu

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Where is the Lau family from?

You can see how Lau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lau family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lau families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4 Lau families living in Durham. This was about 33% of all the recorded Lau's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Lau families in 1891.
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What did your Lau ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Medical Student and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lau. 100% of Lau men worked as a Medical Student and 60% of Lau women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Medical Student

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Shorthand Typist
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Passenger Lists

There are 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Lau. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Lau. For the veterans among your Lau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lau lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lau in 1942 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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