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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nau name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nau. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Nau Family Origin

Where is the Nau family from?

Nau Family Occupations

What did your Nau ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, 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. A less common occupation for the Nau family was Basket Maker.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Basket Maker


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Nau Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 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 1,000 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 6,000 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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nau ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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