Leary Family History

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Leary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoghaire, ‘descendant of Laoghaire’ (see O’Leary ).

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

Similar surnames: Geary, Leahy, Cleary, Leavy, Neary, Weary, Lary, Learn, Lear, Keary

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Leary Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leary name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Leary. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Leary Family Origin

Where is the Leary family from?

Leary Family Occupations

What did your Leary ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leary. A less common occupation for the Leary family was Carpenter. The most common Leary occupation in the USA was Laborer. 20% of Leary's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Leary ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Leary Historical Records

What Leary family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 180,000 census records available for the last name Leary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leary census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Leary. 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 Card

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Leary. For the veterans among your Leary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leary Life Expectancy

What is the average Leary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Leary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leary in 1945 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leary

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leary ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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