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Lenz Name Meaning

German: from a personal name, in which two originally distinct names have fallen together: a pet form of the personal name Lorenz, and the Germanic personal name Lanzo, which was originally a short form of any of several compound names with land ‘land’ as the first element, e.g. Lambrecht (see Lambert). German: nickname from Middle High German lenz e ‘spring’ from lang ‘long’, since in this season the days grow longer. The name may also have been bestowed on someone who was born in the spring or who owed rent or service at that time of year, or it may have denoted someone who was of a sunny and spring-like disposition. German: habitational name from any of several places named Lenz. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Lenz ‘spring’ (see 2), one of the class of ornamental names adopted from words denoting the seasons. Compare Summer, Winter, Herbst, Fruhling.

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

Similar surnames: Menz, Letz, Denz, Len, Leng, Lind, Linz, Sens, Benz, Lunz

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Where is the Lenz family from?

You can see how Lenz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lenz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lenz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Lenz families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Lenz's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Lenz families in 1840.
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What did your Lenz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lenz. 21% of Lenz men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Lenz women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lenz were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Lenz. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Lenz. For the veterans among your Lenz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lenz lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lenz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lenz in 1944 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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