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Lake Name Meaning

English (mainly West Country): topographic name usually for someone who lived by a streamlet (Middle English lak(e) Old English lacu) or who lived at or came from any of the places so named such as Lack in Church Stoke (Shropshire) and Lake in Wilsford near Amesbury (Wiltshire). Lake is a common minor placename in Devon. English: occasionally perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by a lake or pool (Middle English Old French lake) though it is uncertain that this word was current in ordinary vocabulary during the main period of surname formation (1250–1400). North German and Dutch: habitational name from any of several places in Westphalia and Lower Saxony so named or a topographic name from Middle Low German Middle Dutch lake ‘swamp swampy meadow’ (Middle Dutch also ‘border water’). Americanized form (translation into English) of Finnish Järvinen an ornamental name based on järvi ‘lake’ (see Jarvinen ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Rake, Lade, Leake, Lane, Ake, Blake, Lage, Laker, Lare, Lace

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Where is the Lake family from?

You can see how Lake families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lake family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lake families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 239 Lake families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Lake's in USA. New York had the highest population of Lake families in 1840.
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What did your Lake ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lake. 16% of Lake men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Lake women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lake were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Lake. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 57,000 military records available for the last name Lake. For the veterans among your Lake ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lake lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Lake in 1941 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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