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Ley Family History

Ley Name Meaning

English: variant of Lye. French: habitational name from Ley in Moselle. French and German: from a medieval personal name, Eloy (Latin Eligius, a derivative of eligere ‘to choose or elect’), made popular by a 6th-century saint who came to be venerated as the patron of smiths and horses. German (Rhineland): topographic name from Middle High German leie ‘rock’, ‘stone’, ‘slate’, or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word. Compare Leier.

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


Similar surnames: Loy, Fey, Lay, Kley, Hey, Bey, Leo, Rey, Ney, Lee

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Where is the Ley family from?

You can see how Ley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Ley families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ley's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Ley families in 1840.
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What did your Ley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ley. 14% of Ley men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ley were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Ley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ley 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Ley. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Ley. For the veterans among your Ley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Ley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Ley in 1949 was 31, and 80 in 2004.

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