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Less Name Meaning

English: variant of Lass German: unexplained. Slovak (mainly Lešš): unexplained. Probably also a shortened form of an unidentified Jewish surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Lees, Lass, Bess, Ness, Gess, Hess, Leas, Leys, Leos, Liss

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Where is the Less family from?

You can see how Less families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Less family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Less families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 39 Less families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Less's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Less families in 1880.
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What did your Less ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Less. 16% of Less men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Less women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Less were Truck Driver and New Worker. .

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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
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Housework
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • New Worker
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Less. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Less. For the veterans among your Less ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Less lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Less life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Less in 1951 was 48, and 66 in 2004.

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