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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Americanized form of French Loreau(x), from a variant of the personal name Lorel, a pet form of Laurent.
  2. Family historians report that the name was brought to North America from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France with the Marquis de Lafayette in 1777 by two brothers who came to fight in the American Revolution. They settled in Allentown PA, but subsequently the two branches of the family quarreled bitterly.
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