Lau Name Meaning

German: nickname for a physically strong person, from Middle High German louwe, lauwe ‘lion’. In some cases the surname may have been originally from a house sign. North German: topographic name for someone living in a bush-covered area or clearing, Middle Low German lo, loch, lage. North German and Dutch: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence). Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch laeu ‘lazy’, ‘indifferent’, ‘faint-hearted’. Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 1. Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 3. Chinese : variant of Lao 2.

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


Similar surnames: Bau, Kau, Mau, Lao, Lam, Leu, Hau, Rau, Dau, Liu

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Lau Family Origin

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Lau Family Occupations

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In 1939, Medical Student and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Lau. 23% of Lau men worked as a Medical Student and 34% of Lau women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lau were Manager Transport Mach and Chinese Nurse

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Medical Student
    23%
  • Generer A
    12%
  • Maintenance Engineer Re
    12%
  • Manager Transport Mach
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    34%
  • Shorthand Typist
    23%
  • Childrens Nurse
    12%
  • Chinese Nurse
    12%

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

Lau Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Lau. For the veterans among your Lau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lau Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lau in 1942 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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