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Blea Family History

Blea Name Meaning

English (Midlands): unexplained; perhaps a variant of Bligh. Compare Blee. Hispanic (Mexico): unexplained; perhaps a variant of Galician Brea.

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


Similar surnames: Tea, Blee, Lea, Brea, Lem, Blye, Boley, Blew, Bale, Bley

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Where is the Blea family from?

You can see how Blea families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blea family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blea families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Blea family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Blea's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Blea families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Blea surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Blea ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Blea. 54% of Blea men worked as a Laborer and 47% of Blea women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blea were Truck Driver and New Worker.

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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
    54%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • New Worker
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    47%
  • Housewife
    24%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • New Worker
    16%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Blea. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blea 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 187 immigration records available for the last name Blea. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Blea. For the veterans among your Blea ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blea lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Blea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Blea in 1958 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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