History of your Surname
Get access to Leather family records.Start a free trial

Leather Family History

Leather Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire and Yorkshire): metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from Middle English lether, Old English leþer ‘leather’.

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


Similar surnames: Feather, Lather, Leader, Latter, Letcher, Latner, Leath, Heather

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Leather family from?

You can see how Leather families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leather family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leather families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Leather families living in Maryland. This was about 40% of all the recorded Leather's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Leather families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leather surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leather ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leather. 21% of Leather men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Leather women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leather were Salesman and Bookkeeper.

View Census data for Leather | Data not to scale

*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
    16%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    28%
  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Teacher
    19%
  • Bookkeeper
    19%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Leather family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Leather. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leather census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Leather

Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Leather. 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.

View all Leather immigration records

Draft Cards

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

View all Leather military records

You've only scratched the surface of Leather family history.

Discover More

What is the average Leather lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Leather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Leather in 1958 was 44, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leather

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Leather family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial