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Lei Name Meaning

Chinese : said to be from a modified form of the name of Lei Zu, principal wife of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) and the first woman to be designated empress. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Li 1. Dutch: nickname for a lazy person, from Middle Dutch lei ‘lazy’.

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


Similar surnames: Li, Lai, Lee, Leis, Mei, Pei, Leu, Wei, Leo, Lui

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Where is the Lei family from?

You can see how Lei families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lei family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Lei families were found in and the USA in 1880and the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Lei families living in California. This was about 21% of all the recorded Lei's in the USA. California and 1 other state had the highest population of Lei families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lei surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lei ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lei. 39% of Lei men worked as a Farmer.

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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

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Farm Laborer
    17%
  • Labor
    12%
  • Presser
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Lei. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lei 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 Lei. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Lei. For the veterans among your Lei ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lei lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Lei life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Lei in 1960 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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