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Lett Family History

Lett Name Meaning

English: from a short form of the medieval female personal name Lettice (see Leece 1). German: from Middle High German lette ‘clay’, ‘clayey soil’, hence a topographic name for someone who farmed on fertile clay soil.

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


Similar surnames: Lott, Litt, Fett, Leet, Nett, Plett, Pett, Kett, West, Latt

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Where is the Lett family from?

You can see how Lett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lett families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Lett families living in Ohio. This was about 30% of all the recorded Lett's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Lett families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lett. 22% of Lett men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Lett women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lett were Farming 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
    22%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    9%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Lett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lett 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lett. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Lett. For the veterans among your Lett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lett in 1941 was 35, and 71 in 2004.

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