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Lean Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): nickname for a thin or lean person, from Middle English lene ‘lean’ (Old English hl?ne). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Liatháin (see Lehane). Reduced form of Scottish McLean.

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

Similar surnames: Bean, Dean, Lear, Leas, Leaf, Gean, Leal, Leon, Leap, Learn

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Where is the Lean family from?

You can see how Lean families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lean family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lean families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Lean families living in South Carolina. This was about 35% of all the recorded Lean's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Lean families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lean surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lean ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lean. 18% of Lean men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Lean women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lean were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Lean. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lean 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Lean. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Lean. For the veterans among your Lean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lean lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Lean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Lean in 1956 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

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