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Lief Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Leaf. Dutch (de Lief): nickname from lief, ‘dear’, ‘beloved’, with the definite article de. Jewish: unexplained, possibly from the Netherlands, with the same etymology as 2.

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


Similar surnames: Liff, Lien, Leef, Lie, Lieb, Lier, Lins, Lio, Liew, Lew

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Where is the Lief family from?

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

What did your Lief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lief. 20% of Lief men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Lief women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lief were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Merchant
    16%
  • Clerk
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    60%
  • Stenographer
    40%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Lief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lief 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 484 immigration records available for the last name Lief. 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 Lief. For the veterans among your Lief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lief lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Lief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lief in 1962 was 72, and 83 in 2004.

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