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Leer Name Meaning

Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Hilaire (Latin Hilarius). Danish: habitational name from a place so called in northern Germany, near Oldenburg. Danish: from ler ‘clay’, possibly a topographic name for someone who lived on clay or an occupational name for someone who extracted or used it.

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


Similar surnames: Beer, Lier, Lee, Lever, Leber, Lees, Meer, Leed, Geer, Leet

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Where is the Leer family from?

You can see how Leer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Leer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Leer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Leer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leer. 22% of Leer men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Leer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leer were Carpenter and Teacher.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Leer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leer 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leer. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Leer. For the veterans among your Leer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leer lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Leer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leer in 1958 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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