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Leiner Name Meaning

English: variant of Lanier 1. Dutch: variant of Leonard. Jewish (western Ashkenazic): name taken by someone who was good at chanting the Pentateuch at public worship in the synagogue or who regularly did so, from West Yiddish layner ‘reader’ (a derivative of West Yiddish laynen ‘to read’, which comes ultimately from Latin legere ‘to read’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a flax grower or merchant, from German Lein ‘flax’ + agent suffix -er.

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

Similar surnames: Leitner, Lerner, Weiner, Feiner, Kelner, Leiser, Leimer, Leinen

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Where is the Leiner family from?

You can see how Leiner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leiner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leiner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Leiner families living in Ohio. This was about 75% of all the recorded Leiner's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Leiner families in 1840.
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What did your Leiner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leiner. 16% of Leiner men worked as a Salesman and 14% of Leiner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leiner were Farmer and Secretary.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Leiner. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Leiner. For the veterans among your Leiner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leiner lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Leiner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Leiner in 1961 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

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