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Lea Family History

Lea Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Lee. Dutch: patronymic from a Germanic personal name formed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + hardi ‘strong’.

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


Similar surnames: Lee, Leo, Lem, Lew, Ley, Lear, Leak, Leaf, Lex, Tea

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Where is the Lea family from?

You can see how Lea families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lea family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lea families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 66 Lea families living in Tennessee. This was about 29% of all the recorded Lea's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Lea families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lea surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lea ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lea. 21% of Lea men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Lea women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lea were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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What Lea family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Lea. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lea 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lea. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Lea. For the veterans among your Lea ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lea lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lea in 1941 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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