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Le Family History

Le Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 樂 meaning ‘happiness’ in Chinese: from the first element of the personal name Le Fu (樂父) style name of Yan son of the Duke Dai of Song (ruler of the state of Song reigned 799–766 BC). Yan's grandson Le Ju (樂莒) inherited Le (樂) as his surname. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 勒: (i) from the second element of the placename Shu-Le (疏勒) an ancient state (located in present-day Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region) during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC–25 AD). (ii) a surname near the Bohai Sea region during the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). (iii) a surname traced back to the Hun ethnic group in northern China during the Jin dynasty (265–420 AD). Chinese: variant of Li . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 呂 possibly based on its Teochew pronunciation see Lu 6. Vietnamese (): from the Chinese surname 黎 also the royal surname of the Lê Dynasty (usually referring to the Later Lê Dynasty 1428–1788 AD) see Li Vietnamese (Lệ): from the Chinese surnames 厲 and 酈 see Li 5 and 6.

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

Similar surnames: He, Lu, Li, Ge, Re, Len, Lye, Ye, Lo, Lee

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You can see how Le families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Le family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Le families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Le families living in California. This was about 49% of all the recorded Le's in USA. California had the highest population of Le families in 1880.
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What did your Le ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Le. 29% of Le men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Le women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Le were Truck Driver 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
  • Farmer
  • Mechanic
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Housework
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

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There are 143,000 military records available for the last name Le. For the veterans among your Le ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1970 and 2004, in the United States, Le life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Le in 1970 was 46, and 65 in 2004.

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