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Laver Family History

Laver Name Meaning

occupational name for a washerman, Anglo-Norman French laver (an agent derivative of Old French laver ‘to wash’, Latin lavare). habitational name from High, Little or Magdalen Laver in Essex, named from Old English lagu ‘flood’, ‘water’ + fær ‘passage’, ‘crossing’. topographic name for someone living where bulrushes or irises grew, Old English l?fer.

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


Similar surnames: Lever, Layer, Paver, Haver, Hayer, Klaver, Lier, Laier, Claver, Laker

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Where is the Laver family from?

You can see how Laver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Laver families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Laver families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 88% of all the recorded Laver's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Laver families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Laver surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Laver ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Laver. 22% of Laver men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Laver women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laver were Clerk and Typist.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Secretary
    11%
  • Seamstress
    11%
  • Typist
    7%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Laver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laver 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Laver. 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 Laver. For the veterans among your Laver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laver lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Laver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Laver in 1962 was 73, and 66 in 2004.

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