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Lesley Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Leslie .

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

Similar surnames: Lasley, Lessley, Kerley, Pasley, Fenley, Mealey, Hasley, Besley

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Where is the Lesley family from?

You can see how Lesley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lesley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lesley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Lesley families living in Alabama. This was about 13% of all the recorded Lesley's in USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Lesley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lesley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lesley. 29% of Lesley men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Lesley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lesley were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Lesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lesley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Lesley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Lesley. For the veterans among your Lesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lesley lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Lesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Lesley in 1950 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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