Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German: nickname for a physically strong person, from Middle High German louwe, lauwe ‘lion’. In some cases the surname may have been originally from a house sign.
  2. North German: topographic name for someone living in a bush-covered area or clearing, Middle Low German lo, loch, lage.
  3. North German and Dutch: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence).
  4. Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch laeu ‘lazy’, ‘indifferent’, ‘faint-hearted’.
  5. Chinese: Cantonese form of Liu 1.
  6. Chinese: Cantonese form of Liu 3.
  7. Chinese: variant of Lao 2.
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