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Leaf Family History

Leaf Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal names Leofa (masculine) and Leofe (feminine) ‘dear’, ‘beloved’. These names were in part short forms of various compound names with this first element, in part independent affectionate bynames. English: apparently a topographic name for someone who lived in a densely foliated area, from Middle English leaf ‘leaf’; a certain Robert Intheleaves is recorded in London in the 14th century. Americanized form of Swedish Lö(ö)f, Löv, an ornamental name from löv ‘leaf’. English translation of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental surname Blatt.

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


Similar surnames: Leif, Lear, Bean, Lean, Lau, Leach, Leap, Self, Teaff, Len

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Where is the Leaf family from?

You can see how Leaf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leaf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leaf families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Leaf families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Leaf's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Leaf families in 1840.
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What did your Leaf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leaf. 15% of Leaf men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Leaf women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leaf were Proprietor and Waitress.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leaf. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Leaf. For the veterans among your Leaf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leaf lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Leaf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Leaf in 1942 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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