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Lou Family History

Lou Name Meaning

Chinese : from a character in the name of the state of Zhu Lou, which existed during the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang established the dynasty in 1122 bc, he granted Zhu Lou to a descendant of the legendary emperor Zhuan Xu. Later descendants took the character for Lou from the place name as their surname. Chinese : variant of Lu 2. Dutch (de Lou): variant of Lau. Scottish: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Lu, Liu, Mou, You, Kou, Ou, Lau, Loo, Lo, Zou

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Where is the Lou family from?

You can see how Lou families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lou family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lou families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 22 Lou families living in British Columbia. This was about 52% of all the recorded Lou's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Lou families in 1911.
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What did your Lou ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Lou. 42% of Lou men worked as a Labourer.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Peddler
  • Cook
  • Farmer
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There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Lou. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lou census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lou. 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 Cards

There are 589 military records available for the last name Lou. For the veterans among your Lou ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lou lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Lou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lou in 1959 was 58, and 59 in 2004.

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