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Laws Family History

Laws Name Meaning

English (chiefly southern): patronymic from the personal name Law (pet form of Lawrence). Perhaps a reduced form of Scottish or Irish McLeish. Compare McLaws.

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


Similar surnames: Lawes, Law, Lais, Lewis, Lans, Lark, Lau, Luks, Mclaws, Kaps

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Where is the Laws family from?

You can see how Laws families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laws family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Laws families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Laws families living in North Carolina. This was about 17% of all the recorded Laws's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Laws families in 1840.
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What did your Laws ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Laws. 21% of Laws men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Laws women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laws 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
    21%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Laws. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laws 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Laws. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Laws. For the veterans among your Laws ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laws lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Laws life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Laws in 1943 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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