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Leston Name Meaning

Spanish (Lestón): habitational name from any of four places called Lestó in A Coruña province, Galacia. English: unexplained; perhaps a habitational name from Leiston in Suffolk, so named from Old English leg ‘beacon fire’ + tun ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Liston, Weston, Heston, Lenton, Lefton, Leaton, Denton, Ruston

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Where is the Leston family from?

You can see how Leston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Leston family living in Kentucky. This was about 25% of all the recorded Leston's in the USA. Kentucky and 3 other states had the highest population of Leston families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leston surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leston. 22% of Leston men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Leston women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leston were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    11%
  • Secretary
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leston. 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 700 military records available for the last name Leston. For the veterans among your Leston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leston lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2003, in the United States, Leston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Leston in 1954 was 51, and 80 in 2003.

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