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London Name Meaning
English and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone who came from London or a nickname for someone who had made a trip to London or had some other connection with the city. In some cases, however, the Jewish name was purely ornamental. The place name, recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus in the Latinized form Londinium, is obscure in origin and meaning, but may be derived from pre-Celtic (Old European) roots with a meaning something like ‘place at the navigable or unfordable river’.

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

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Name Distribution of London Families

  • Number of London families
     142 - 282
     48 - 141
     1 - 47
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of London families
     291 - 580
     98 - 290
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of London families
     105 - 207
     36 - 104
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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London Family Origin

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London Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for London

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London Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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