Lake Family History

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Lake Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Country): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus. This meaning, which ousted the native sense, came too late to be found as a place name element, but may lie behind some examples of the surname. Part translation of French Beaulac.

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

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

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Lake Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lake name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lake. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Lake Family Origin

Where is the Lake family from?

Lake Family Occupations

What did your Lake ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lake family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lake. The most common Lake occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Lake's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lake ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lake Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 327,000 census records available for the last name Lake. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lake census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Lake Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lake ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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