Nau Name Meaning

German: variant of Neu. French: metonymic occupational name for a boatman, from Occitan nau ‘ship’, ‘boat’ (Latin navis). French: from a reduced form of a personal name such as Arnaud (see Arnold) or Renaud (see Reynold).

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


Similar surnames: Nay, Hau, Bau, Naus, Lau, Rau, Kau, Dau, Mau, Pau

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Nau Family Origin

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Nau Family Occupations

What did your Nau ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nau family was Basket Maker. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nau. The most common Nau occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Nau's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    18%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Carpenter

    5%
  • Basket Maker

    3%

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Nau Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Nau. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nau census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Nau. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Nau. For the veterans among your Nau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nau Life Expectancy

What is the average Nau lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Nau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Nau in 1947 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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