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Lao Name Meaning

Chinese : a Cantonese form of Liu 1. Chinese : probably from the name of Lao Mountain in Shandong province, adopted as a surname most likely during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Chinese : a Cantonese form of Liu 3. This name is also found in the Philippines. Laotian: unexplained. Tongan: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Mao, Lau, Lai, Cao, Luo, Bao, Tao, Gao, Rao, Hao

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Where is the Lao family from?

You can see how Lao families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lao family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Lao families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Lao families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Lao's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lao families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lao surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lao ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lao. 44% of Lao men worked as a Laborer.

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Lao. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lao census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lao. 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 Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Lao. For the veterans among your Lao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lao lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Lao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Lao in 1965 was 83, and 78 in 2004.

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