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Lawrence Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees). The name was borne by a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century ad; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (French Laurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, Catalan Llorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, German Laurenz; Polish Wawrzyniec (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.). The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Laurence, Clarence, Lance, Patience, Florence, Lorenc, Lafrance

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Where is the Lawrence family from?

You can see how Lawrence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lawrence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lawrence families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,615 Lawrence families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Lawrence's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Lawrence families in 1891.
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What did your Lawrence ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lawrence. 6% of Lawrence men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Lawrence women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawrence were Gardener and Private Means. .

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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

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 108,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawrence. 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 168,000 military records available for the last name Lawrence. For the veterans among your Lawrence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lawrence lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lawrence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lawrence in 1941 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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