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Type Surname (from nickname & from location)
Usage German, Jewish

Meaning & History

Habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf, also an occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’.
Added 12/14/2015 by cutenose
Edited 12/14/2015 by cutenose