Leist Family History

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Leist Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a maker of lasts or a cobbler, from Middle High German leist ‘last’.

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

Similar surnames: Geist, List, Leis, Leise, Reis, Feist, Leiss, Geiss, Weiss, Leiser

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Leist Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leist name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Leist. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Italy


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Leist Family Origin

Where is the Leist family from?

Leist Family Occupations

What did your Leist ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Leist family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leist. The most common Leist occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Leist's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Leist ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Leist Historical Records

What Leist family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Leist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leist census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Leist. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Leist. For the veterans among your Leist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leist Life Expectancy

What is the average Leist lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Leist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Leist in 1948 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leist

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leist ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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