Liu Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the state of Liu, which was granted to a descendant of the model emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc). Chinese : variant of Liao. Chinese : from the name of an area called Liu Xia in the state of Lu (in present-day Shanxi province). During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), this was granted to a counselor famous for his high moral character. His descendants adopted the name of this area as their surname.

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

Similar surnames: Lu, Qiu, Li, Lou, Niu, Fu, Lau, You, Qin, Yin

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Liu Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Liu name?

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

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  • China


  • Korea & Northern China


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Liu Family Origin

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Liu Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Liu occupation in the USA was Laborer. 100% of Liu's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer


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Liu Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Liu. For the veterans among your Liu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Liu Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Liu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Liu in 1942 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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