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Lever Name Meaning

nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus, genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares. topographic name for someone who lived in a place thickly grown with rushes, from Old English l?fer ‘rush’, ‘reed’, ‘iris’. Compare Laver 3. Great and Little Lever in Greater Manchester (formerly in Lancashire) are named with this word (in a collective sense) and in some cases the surname may also be derived from these places. possibly from an unrecorded Middle English survival of an Old English personal name, Leofhere, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + here ‘army’.

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


Similar surnames: Leven, Laver, Leer, Leber, Leger, Lier, Lemer, Levee, Klever, Leier

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Where is the Lever family from?

You can see how Lever families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lever family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lever families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Lever families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Lever's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lever families in 1840.
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What did your Lever ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lever. 13% of Lever men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Lever women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lever were Clerk and Secretary.

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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
    13%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Saleslady
    7%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Lever. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Lever. For the veterans among your Lever ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lever lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lever life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Lever in 1945 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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