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Lawrence Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Lawrence Families

  • Number of Lawrence families
     838 - 1,674
     280 - 837
     1 - 279
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lawrence families
     2,309 - 4,615
     770 - 2,308
     1 - 769
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lawrence families
     163 - 323
     55 - 162
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lawrence Family Origin

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Lawrence Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lawrence

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Lawrence Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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