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Louw Surname Meaning

Dutch:: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence ). This surname is also established in South Africa. (also De Louw Van der Louw): occupational name for a tanner from Middle Dutch louwen ‘to tan’.

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

Similar surnames: Low, Loud, Lou, Loup, Loui, Mouw, Louk, Lout, Loux, Loew

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Where is the Louw family from?

You can see how Louw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Louw family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Louw families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Louw family living in Saskatchewan. This was 100% of all the recorded Louw's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Louw families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Louw surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Louw ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Secretary was the top reported job for people in the USA named Louw. 100% of Louw women worked as a Secretary. .

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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.

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Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 652 census records available for the last name Louw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Louw 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Louw. 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 550 military records available for the last name Louw. For the veterans among your Louw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Louw lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2003, in the United States, Louw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Louw in 1968 was 81, and 63 in 2003.

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