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Leys Name Meaning

French: habitational name from Leys in Saône-et-Loire. Dutch: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Laurei(n)s (see Lawrence). Scottish: habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire called Leys, named with Old English l?se ‘pasture’, ‘meadow’ (see Lees).

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


Similar surnames: Lees, Ley, Leis, Hees, Leos, Leas, Sens, Leyes, Fey, Bess

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Where is the Leys family from?

You can see how Leys families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leys family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leys families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there was 1 Leys family living in Vermont. This was 100% of all the recorded Leys's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Leys families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leys surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leys ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leys. 18% of Leys men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Leys women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leys were Carpenter and Seamstress.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Miner
    15%
  • Carpenter
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    25%
  • Secretary
    25%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Seamstress
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leys. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Leys. For the veterans among your Leys ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leys lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Leys life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Leys in 1955 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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