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Les Name Meaning

Polish Slovenian and Czech: topographic name for someone who lived in a forest from Polish and Slovenian dialect and Czech les ‘wood forest’. The homonymous Sorbian cognate Lěs is found in Germanized forms only (see Lies ). Polish (Leś): probably a cognate of 3 below. In some cases probably also Slovenian and Czech (Leš): from a short form of the personal name Aleš (see Ales ). The homonymous and possibly related Sorbian surname Lěš is found in Germanized and probably also Americanized forms only (see Lesch and Lesh ). In some cases probably also Croatian (Leš): unflattering nickname from leš ‘dead body’. Compare Lesh .

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

Similar surnames: Lis, Len, Lew, Lee, Oles, Lees, Leo, Los, Leys, Mis

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Where is the Les family from?

You can see how Les families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Les family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Les families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Les families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Les's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Les families in 1880.
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What did your Les ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Les. 20% of Les men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Les women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Les were Truck Driver and Nurse. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Operator
  • Seamstress
  • Nurse
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Passenger Lists

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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Les. For the veterans among your Les ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Les lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Les life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Les in 1959 was 50, and 84 in 2004.

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