Mau Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: nickname for a dandy or an affluent person, from Middle Low German mouwe, Dutch mouw, ‘sleeve’, referring to a wide sleeve of expensive, ornamented fabric. Portuguese: nickname from mau ‘bad’, ‘evil’ (Latin malus). Breton: nickname or occupational name from mao ‘young boy’, ‘servant’. Chinese: variant of Mao.

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

Similar surnames: Lau, May, Mar, Bau, Rau, Hau, Kau, Pau, Man, Maul

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Mau Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • China


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


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Mau Family Origin

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Mau Family Occupations

What did your Mau ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Mau occupation in the UK was Boarding House Keeper. 33% of Mau's were Boarding House Keepers. Boarding House Keeper and Coal Mercht were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Mau. A less common occupation for the Mau family was None.

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  • Boarding House Keeper

  • Coal Mercht

  • None


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Mau Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Mau. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mau 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Mau. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Mau. For the veterans among your Mau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mau Life Expectancy

What is the average Mau lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Mau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Mau in 1948 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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