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Laurence Family History

Laurence Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Lawrence. French: from the female personal name Laurence, a feminine equivalent of Lawrence.

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


Similar surnames: Lawrence, Laurance, Laurens, Laurent, Laurenzo, Lawrance, Laurin

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Where is the Laurence family from?

You can see how Laurence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laurence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Laurence families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Laurence families living in Kentucky. This was about 12% of all the recorded Laurence's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Laurence families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Laurence surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Laurence ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Laurence. 20% of Laurence men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Laurence women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laurence were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 136,000 census records available for the last name Laurence. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laurence 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Laurence. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Laurence. For the veterans among your Laurence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laurence lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Laurence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Laurence in 1944 was 55, and 72 in 2004.

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