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Leslie Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a barony in Aberdeenshire, which is first recorded c.1180 in the form Lesslyn, of obscure origin. Leslie in Fife is said to be named for this place; in some cases the surname may come from there. English: possibly from a double diminutive of the personal name Lece (see Leece), thus Lecelin.

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


Similar surnames: Lesnik, Emslie, Lesslie, Helie, Laslie, Leckie, Lennie, Lelli, Jessie

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Where is the Leslie family from?

You can see how Leslie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leslie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leslie families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 43 Leslie families living in Ohio. This was about 25% of all the recorded Leslie's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Leslie families in 1840.
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What did your Leslie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leslie. 14% of Leslie men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Leslie women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leslie were Clerk and Maid. .

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 217,000 census records available for the last name Leslie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leslie 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Leslie. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Leslie. For the veterans among your Leslie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leslie lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Leslie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leslie in 1943 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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