Lao Name Meaning

Chinese : a Cantonese form of Liu 1. Chinese : probably from the name of Lao Mountain in Shandong province, adopted as a surname most likely during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Chinese : a Cantonese form of Liu 3. This name is also found in the Philippines. Laotian: unexplained. Tongan: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Mao, Lau, Lai, Cao, Luo, Bao, Tao, Gao, Rao, Hao

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Lao Family Origin

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Lao Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lao. 15% of Lao men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Lao women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lao were inspector and Costurera

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Cook
  • Porter
  • inspector

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Accountant
  • Clerical
  • Costurera

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Lao Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Lao. For the veterans among your Lao ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lao Life Expectancy

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Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Lao life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Lao in 1965 was 83, and 78 in 2004.

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