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Lavis Family History

Lavis Name Meaning

English (mainly West Country): possibly a variant of Lavers . French: from Old French vis ‘spiral staircase’ with fused feminine definite article la presumably a topographic name for someone who lived in a house distinguished by such a staircase.

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

Similar surnames: Levis, Avis, Lais, Danis, Lass, Savin, Davis, Lavin, Labit, Lavers

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Where is the Lavis family from?

You can see how Lavis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lavis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lavis families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 175 Lavis families living in Devon. This was about 22% of all the recorded Lavis's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Lavis families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lavis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lavis ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lavis. 15% of Lavis men worked as a Builders Labourer and 71% of Lavis women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lavis were Old Age Pensioner and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired
  • General Labourer
  • Old Age Pensioner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lavis. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Lavis. For the veterans among your Lavis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lavis lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Lavis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lavis in 1952 was 46, and 39 in 2004.

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