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Lou Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 婁 a name of one of the 28 Mansions in traditional Chinese astronomy: (i) from the second element of the placename Zhu Lou (邾婁) the name of a state (located in Zouxian in Shandong province) during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC) also known as the state of Zou (鄒) or Zhu (邾). (ii) from the placename Lou (婁) the name of a fief (located in Zhucheng in Shandong province) in the state of Chu. (iii) from the Pi Lou (匹婁) Yi Lou (伊婁) Yi Na Lou (乙那婁) families from the Xianbei ethnic group in ancient northern China who changed their original surnames to Lou (婁) during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (iv) said to be from the personal name of Li Lou (离婁) a legendary figure famous for his good eyesight during the reign of Huang Di the ‘Yellow Emperor’ (c. 27th century BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 樓 meaning ‘tower’ or ‘storey’ in Chinese: (i) from the title of Dong Lou Gong (東樓公 Duke Donglou of Qi) who was granted the state of Qi (杞) (originally located in Henan province later moved to Shandong province) by King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). (ii) from the Gai Lou (蓋樓) and He Lou (賀樓) families from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China who adopted the surname 樓 during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 盧 蘆 魯 and 路 probably based on their Cantonese pronunciations. See Lu 1- Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 劉 see Liu Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 陸 and 呂 see Lu 5 and 6. Dutch: variant of Lau Louw .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
  • Peddler
  • Cook
  • Farmer
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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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