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Lau Family History

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 originally from a house sign.North German: topographic name for someone living in a bush-covered area or clearing, Middle Low German lo, loch, lage.North German and Dutch: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence).Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch laeu ‘lazy’, ‘indifferent’, ‘faint-hearted’.Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 1.Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 3.Chinese : variant of Lao 2.

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

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Name Distribution of Lau Families

  • Number of Lau families
     50 - 98
     17 - 49
     1 - 16
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lau families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Lau last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lau Family Origin

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Lau Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lau

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Lau Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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