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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. LAV-erz
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Meaning & History

English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling. In later years it came to describe the owner of the village laundry.
Added 3/29/2014 by XICooper
Edited 5/5/2014 by Mike C