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Leary Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Ó Laoghaire ‘descendant of Laoghaire’ (see O'Leary ). English: nickname from an unrecorded Middle English word lery a derivative of Middle English ler Old English hlēor ‘face countenance complexion’. It may have been synonymous with Middle English lere ‘fair of face’ or there may have been Middle English senses that anticipated later uses of leer ‘looking askance; sly underhand’ and leery lairy ‘wary’ or ‘knowing’. Compare Lear . English: in Devon this surname alternatively may be a habitational name from Leary Barton in West Buckland. The place may take its name from a lost stream-name of uncertain origin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Geary, Leahy, Cleary, Leavy, Neary, Weary, Lary, Learn, Lear, Keary

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Where is the Leary family from?

You can see how Leary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leary families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Leary families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Leary's in USA. New York had the highest population of Leary families in 1840.
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What did your Leary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leary. 13% of Leary men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Leary women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leary were Farmer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Leary. 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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There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Leary. For the veterans among your Leary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Leary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leary in 1945 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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