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Lein Name Meaning

from a short form of the personal name Gelein, from French Ghi(s)lain, a Latinization of a Germanic personal name built on the element gisil ‘pledge’ (see Giesel). German: occupational name for a grower of or dealer in flax, from Middle High German lin ‘flax’. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in Trøndelag, so named from Old Norse lein ‘slope’.

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


Similar surnames: Leib, Wein, Lewin, Nein, Mein, Leon, Len, Levin, Bein, Plein

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Where is the Lein family from?

You can see how Lein families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lein family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Lein families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 50 Lein families living in Minnesota. This was about 28% of all the recorded Lein's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Lein families in 1880.
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What did your Lein ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lein. 18% of Lein men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Lein women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lein were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Homekeeper
    9%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Lein. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lein 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 Lein. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Lein. For the veterans among your Lein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lein lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Lein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Lein in 1954 was 47, and 80 in 2004.

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