Lavallie last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Lavallie is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Lavallie.

Meaning of Lavallie

A topographic surname referring to someone living near a small valley.

Lavallie, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Lavallie surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Lavallie in America

Lavallie is the 34878th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Lavallie surname appeared 647 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 people would have the surname Lavallie.

We can also compare 2010 data for Lavallie to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 34878 37534 -7.34%
Count 647 558 14.77%
Proportion per 100k 0.22 0.21 4.65%

The history of the last name Lavallie

The surname LAVALLIE is of French origin, traced back to the regions of Normandy and Brittany in northwestern France. It is believed to have derived from the Old French word "la val," meaning "the valley," suggesting that the name was initially associated with individuals residing in or near a valley.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the LAVALLIE surname can be found in the Domesday Book, a comprehensive record of landowners commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086. This document mentions a landowner named Robertus de la Valle, which translates to "Robert of the Valley," further reinforcing the name's connection to geographical features.

During the Middle Ages, the name underwent various spelling variations, including Lavalée, Lavallay, and Lavallée, as orthography was not standardized at the time. These variations were often influenced by regional dialects and scribal interpretations.

Prominent individuals bearing the LAVALLIE surname include:

  1. Jacques de Lavallie (c. 1550-1620), a French diplomat and courtier who served as the ambassador to England during the reign of King James I.
  2. Marie-Anne de Lavallie (1673-1745), a French noblewoman and philanthropist known for her charitable works in Paris.
  3. Pierre Lavallie (1715-1789), a French explorer and fur trader who played a significant role in the exploration of the Great Lakes region in North America.
  4. Louis-Joseph Lavallie (1789-1865), a French architect and engineer who designed several notable buildings in Paris, including the Palais de Justice.
  5. Émilie Lavallie (1842-1912), a French writer and feminist activist who advocated for women's rights and education in the late 19th century.

While the LAVALLIE surname is primarily associated with France, it has also been documented in other regions, likely due to migration and cultural exchange. Some variations of the name have been found in regions like Belgium and Switzerland, where French influence was historically significant.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Lavallie

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Lavallie.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Lavallie was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 42.04% 272
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 50.23% 325
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 4.48% 29
Hispanic Origin 2.32% 15

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Lavallie has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 42.04% 46.42% -9.90%
Black (S)% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 50.23% 48.03% 4.48%
Two or More Races 4.48% 1.79% 85.81%
Hispanic 2.32% 2.33% -0.43%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Lavallie was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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