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Leben Name Meaning

German: of uncertain origin, possibly a habitational name from places called Lebehn in eastern Mecklenburg and Pomerania. Dutch: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Liebrecht (composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + berhta ‘bright’). Altered form of Slovenian Leban, which is probably a nickname derived from the archaic word leb ‘forehead’, ‘skull’.

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


Similar surnames: Leven, Leber, Lebens, Lien, Uebel, Nebel, Lueken, Eben, Loden, Leen

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Where is the Leben family from?

You can see how Leben families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leben family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leben families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Leben family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Leben's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Leben families in 1840.
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What did your Leben ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leben. 39% of Leben men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Leben women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leben were Proprietor 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
    39%
  • Salesman
    34%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Proprietor
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    50%
  • Housework
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 637 immigration records available for the last name Leben. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Leben. For the veterans among your Leben ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leben lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Leben life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Leben in 1963 was 90, and 85 in 2004.

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