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 Family Origin

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Nau Family Occupations

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In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Nau. 25% of Nau men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Nau women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nau were Salesman and Saleslady

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • School Teacher
  • Operator
  • Saleslady

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

Nau Historical Records

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Census Record

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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 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 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

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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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