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Leclair Name Meaning

French: from the adjective clair ‘bright’, ‘light’. Generally this would have been a nickname for a cheerful individual, although derivation from the personal name Clair (see Clare) is also possible. North American spelling variant of Leclerc.

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


Similar surnames: Auclair, Laclair, Clair, Claire, Leclerc, Laclaire, Claar, Gisclair

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Where is the Leclair family from?

You can see how Leclair families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leclair family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leclair families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Leclair family living in Illinois. This was about 25% of all the recorded Leclair's in the USA. Illinois and 3 other states had the highest population of Leclair families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leclair surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leclair ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leclair. 25% of Leclair men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Leclair women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leclair were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stitcher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Leclair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leclair 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Leclair. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Leclair. For the veterans among your Leclair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leclair lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Leclair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Leclair in 1943 was 50, and 70 in 2004.

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