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Leray Family History

Leray Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or rushing stream a variant of Ray with fused masculine definite article le; or a habitational name from Le Ray the name of several places in various parts of France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Leroy, Lemay, Gray, Merry, Leday, Laroy, Terry, Duray, Levay, Bray

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Where is the Leray family from?

You can see how Leray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leray families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Leray families living in Connecticut. This was about 57% of all the recorded Leray's in USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Leray families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leray surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leray. 24% of Leray men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Leray women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leray were Office Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Mechanic
    8%
  • Office Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    34%
  • Saleslady
    17%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Leray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 810 immigration records available for the last name Leray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 515 military records available for the last name Leray. For the veterans among your Leray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leray lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Leray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Leray in 1948 was 47, and 87 in 2004.

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