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Lu Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the ancient state of Lu, in present-day Henan province. This is one of the oldest Chinese surnames, going back well over 4000 years to an adviser of the founding emperor of the Xia dynasty, Yu (2205–2198 bc). The adviser was enfeoffed with the state of Lu, and the family held it throughout the Xia, Shang, and Western Zhou dynasties, eventually adopting the name of the state, Lu, as their surname. Chinese : from area called Lu, in present-day Shandong province. During the Warring States period (403–221 bc), a descendant of previous dukes of the state of Qi became the high counselor of that state, and was granted the area of Lu. His descendants later adopted the place name Lu as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the city of Lu in the state of Qi. During the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). The youngest son of a duke of Qi was granted the city of Lu, and his descendants adopted the place name Lu as their surname. Chinese : from the name of a different state of Lu, a large area covering parts of present-day Anhui, Jiangsu, and Shandong provinces. This was granted to Zhou Gong, Duke of Zhou, a famous figure in Chinese history, as he was revered by Confucius as the prototypical good adviser. The fourth son of Wen Wang, Zhou Gong was the younger brother and chief adviser of Wu Wang, the founder of the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang died in 1116 bc, his 13-year old son succeeded him, but actual power was held by Zhou Gong, acting as regent. Zhou Gong’s descendants later adopted the name of the state as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the Lushui river. The characters for the river name contained a written component meaning ‘water’; this component was dropped, leaving only the current character for Lu, which means ‘street’. Chinese : from the name of an area known as Wulu ‘Five Deer’, which was granted to a senior adviser of the state of Wei. His descendants adopted Lu as their surname.

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


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You can see how Lu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lu family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Lu families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 7 Lu families living in British Columbia. This was about 58% of all the recorded Lu's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Lu families in 1911.
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What did your Lu ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lu. 48% of Lu men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Lu women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lu were Labor and Folder.

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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 Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    48%
  • Laborer
    30%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Labor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    36%
  • Teacher
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    15%
  • Folder
    15%
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What is the average Lu lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Lu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lu in 1966 was 59, and 73 in 2004.

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