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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Dutch : perhaps from the Germanic personal name Lūdo.
  • Dutch : perhaps from a short form of the personal name G(e)laude, Claude.
  • French : metonymic occupational name given to a singer or cantor who regularly sang the Lauds (Latin laudes ‘praises’), the second part of the divine office.

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