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Schlesinger Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Silesia, German Schlesien, Schlesing ‘Silesia’ (Polish Slask). The area was named for the Silingae, a Germanic people who occupied the region before being displaced by Slavs in the 8th century ad. It has been governed at different times by Prussia and by Poland. Since 1945 it has been part of Poland. Other places named with the same element include Schleusingen in Saxony, Schlenzig in Pomerania, and Schlenz in Silesia itself, and it is possible that in some instances the surname derives from one of these.

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


Similar surnames: Schlessinger, Schleifer, Schwinger, Scheiner, Schleider, Schillinger

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Schlesinger Family Origin

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Schlesinger Family Occupations

What did your Schlesinger ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Schlesinger occupation in the USA was Keeping House. 5% of Schlesinger's were Keeping Houses. A less common occupation for the Schlesinger family was Dry Goods Merchant. Keeping House, Merchant and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schlesinger.

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  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Merchant

    5%
  • Tailor

    5%
  • Dry Goods Merchant

    4%

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Schlesinger Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Schlesinger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schlesinger census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Schlesinger. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Schlesinger. For the veterans among your Schlesinger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schlesinger Life Expectancy

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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Schlesinger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schlesinger in 1948 was 40, and 83 in 2004.

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