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Laurel Family History

Laurel Name Meaning

Spanish: topographic name for someone who lived by a laurel tree Spanish laurel (from Latin laurus) or a habitational name from Laurel in the Canary Islands. This surname is rare in Spain; it is found mainly in Mexico and the Philippines.

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


Similar surnames: Laur, Laura, Lauro, Lauper, Laurie, Lare, Lauter, Lauser, Laufer

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Where is the Laurel family from?

You can see how Laurel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laurel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Laurel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Laurel families living in Texas. This was about 26% of all the recorded Laurel's in USA. Texas had the highest population of Laurel families in 1880.
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What did your Laurel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Laurel. 26% of Laurel men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Laurel women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laurel were Operator and Operator. .

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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
    26%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Barber
    8%
  • Operator
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
    28%
  • Clerk
    19%
  • Saleswoman
    19%
  • Operator
    19%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Laurel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laurel 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Laurel. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Laurel. For the veterans among your Laurel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laurel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Laurel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Laurel in 1951 was 60, and 65 in 2004.

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