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Les Name Meaning

Polish: topographic name for someone who lived in a forest, Polish les, dialect form of standard Polish las ‘forest’.

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 the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Les families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Les's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Les families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Les surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 US 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 Finisher.

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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
    20%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Seamstress
    15%
  • Finisher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Les. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Les census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Les. 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 Cards

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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