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Lax Name Meaning

German and Danish: metonymic occupational name for a salmon fisher or a seller of salmon, Middle High German lahs ‘salmon’. English (northeastern counties) and Danish: from an Old Norse nickname, Lax, meaning ‘salmon’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Lachs ‘salmon’, Yiddish laks, one of the many Ashkenazic surnames taken from words denoting fish, birds, and animals.

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


Similar surnames: Wax, Flax, Tax, Sax, Lau, Bax, Dax, Lam, Max, Laas

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Where is the Lax family from?

You can see how Lax families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lax family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lax families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Lax families living in Virginia. This was about 36% of all the recorded Lax's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Lax families in 1840.
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What did your Lax ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lax. 11% of Lax men worked as a Salesman and 14% of Lax women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lax were Proprietor and Secretary.

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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

  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    14%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Operator
    9%
  • Secretary
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lax. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Lax. For the veterans among your Lax ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lax lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Lax life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Lax in 1953 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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