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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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Where is the Schlesinger family from?

You can see how Schlesinger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schlesinger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schlesinger families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Schlesinger family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Schlesinger's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Schlesinger families in 1840.
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What did your Schlesinger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Schlesinger. 21% of Schlesinger men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Schlesinger women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schlesinger were Manager and Saleslady.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Lawyer
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 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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What is the average Schlesinger lifespan?

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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