Can anyone tell me the ethnic origin of this surname? I think it sounds somewhat like a German, but I could be wrong.Thanks
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Christoph Stoepel's website records only three Lahers in the German telephone directory, but 115 in the Austrian. As a German name I'd guess that it's a variant of the more common Lahr, which I have assumed came from a German place name, but the Oxford Names Companion derives from the given name Hilary.
identifies Laher, in Britain at least, as "Middle Eastern", and states that the majority of the 300+ bearers of this surname in Britain have Muslim given names. Others have Turkish, North African, Hindi or East Asian names.
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