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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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Lenz Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lenz. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Lenz Family Origin

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Lenz Family Occupations

What did your Lenz ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Lenz occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Lenz's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lenz. A less common occupation for the Lenz family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Tailor

  • Keeping House


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Lenz Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Lenz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lenz 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 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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Draft Card

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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Lenz Life Expectancy

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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