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Lanier Family History

Lanier Name Meaning
French, Dutch, and English: occupational name for someone involved in the wool trade, from an agent derivative of Old French la(i)ne ‘wool’. DEB.French and Dutch: occupational name, with the definite article, for a pack driver, from French âne ‘ass’, ‘donkey’ (Latin asinus).French and Dutch: nickname for a falconer, from Old French lanier, lenier, a kind of falcon.French and Dutch: nickname for a lazy, slow, timid, or cowardly person, from Old French lanier, lenier.

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

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94,479 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
15,553 Military Records
2,488 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Lanier Families

  • Number of Lanier families
     168 - 334
     57 - 167
     1 - 56
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lanier families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Lanier last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lanier Family Origin

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Lanier Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lanier

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Lanier Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Lanier Civil War Service Records

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