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Leeds Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either the city in Yorkshire or the village in Kent. The Yorkshire placename is recorded as Loidis in the 8th century and Ledes in 1086 and may derive from British Lātensēs or Lādensēs meaning ‘the people of the river Lāt- (probably an old name for the river Aire to be associated with Welsh llawd ‘heat ardour passion’)’. The origin of the Kent placename which is recorded as Hledes c. 1100 is uncertain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Leed, Lees, Hees, Leys, Leer, Beed, Seed, Deeds, Leet, Leep

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Where is the Leeds family from?

You can see how Leeds families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leeds family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leeds families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 38 Leeds families living in New Jersey. This was about 28% of all the recorded Leeds's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Leeds families in 1840.
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What did your Leeds ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leeds. 14% of Leeds men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Leeds women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leeds were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Leeds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leeds 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Leeds. 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 Leeds. For the veterans among your Leeds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leeds lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Leeds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leeds in 1949 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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