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Lavender Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a washerman or launderer Old French lavendier (from Late Latin lavandarius an agent derivative of lavanda ‘washing things to be washed’). The term was applied especially to a worker in the wool industry who washed the raw wool or rinsed the cloth after fulling. There is no evidence for any direct connection with the word for the plant (Middle English Old French lavendre). However the etymology of the plant name is obscure; it may have been named in ancient times with reference to the use of lavender oil for cleaning or of the dried heads of lavender in perfuming freshly washed clothes. In some cases possibly also Walloon and Flemish: variant of French Lavandier a cognate of 1 above or perhaps a nickname from Dutch lavender ‘lavender’.

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

Similar surnames: Mander, Lanier, Tavenner, Lander, Latner, Ravenel, Lavinder, Lalande

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Where is the Lavender family from?

You can see how Lavender families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lavender family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lavender families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Lavender families living in Tennessee. This was about 26% of all the recorded Lavender's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Lavender families in 1840.
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What did your Lavender ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lavender. 21% of Lavender men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Lavender women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lavender were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Lavender. For the veterans among your Lavender ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lavender lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lavender life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Lavender in 1943 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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