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Leal Name Meaning

English Spanish and Portuguese: nickname for a loyal or trustworthy person from Old French leial Spanish and Portuguese leal ‘loyal faithful (to obligations)’ Latin legalis from lex ‘law obligation’ (genitive legis).

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

Similar surnames: Seal, Real, Veal, Lear, Beal, Lean, Teal, Bean, Leap, Neal

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Where is the Leal family from?

You can see how Leal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leal families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Leal families living in New York. This was about 56% of all the recorded Leal's in USA. New York had the highest population of Leal families in 1840.
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What did your Leal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leal. 29% of Leal men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Leal women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leal were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Leal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leal 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Leal. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Leal. For the veterans among your Leal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leal lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Leal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Leal in 1942 was 61, and 67 in 2004.

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