Lawrence Family History

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Lawrence Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees). The name was borne by a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century ad; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (French Laurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, Catalan Llorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, German Laurenz; Polish Wawrzyniec (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.). The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic surnames.

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

Similar surnames: Laurence, Clarence, Lance, Patience, Florence, Lorenc, Lafrance

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Lawrence Family Origin

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Lawrence Family Occupations

What did your Lawrence ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Lawrence. 26% of Lawrence men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Lawrence women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawrence were Carpenter and Operator

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Operator

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

Lawrence Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Lawrence. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawrence 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 108,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawrence. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 168,000 military records available for the last name Lawrence. For the veterans among your Lawrence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lawrence Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lawrence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lawrence in 1941 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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