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Origins of the Lawrence surname

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What does the name Lawrence mean?

The Lawrence surname originated in England. It is believed to have two main sources from which it derives. Most commonly it is thought to be a patronymic name, relating to someone who is the son or descendant of somebody named Lawrence. Less often, it can be geographic. In these cases it derives from somebody who hails from one of the many places named 'St Lawrence' across England.

Alternative variations of the name Lawrence

Lawrence, Laurence, Lawrences, Lowrance, Laurance

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Where do most Lawrences live?

In 1921, most Lawrences lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Lawrences

How common is your surname?

135th most common surname in the UK

We have 229,000 records for the Lawrence surname. The oldest one dates back to 1194.

Who were Lawrences most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Lawrence first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Lawrences

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Lawrences in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Lawrences in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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