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Lapsley Family History

Lapsley Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name, in part possibly from Lapley in Staffordshire, so named from Old English læppa ‘end of a parish’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, although the frequency of the surname in Scotland suggests another, unidentified source may also be involved.

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

Similar surnames: Ansley, Wansley, Causley, Tansley, Apsey, Apley, Lashley, Gateley

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Where is the Lapsley family from?

You can see how Lapsley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lapsley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lapsley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 16 Lapsley families living in Northumberland. This was about 31% of all the recorded Lapsley's in the UK. Northumberland had the highest population of Lapsley families in 1891.
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What did your Lapsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Lapsley. 94% of Lapsley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lapsley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Lapsley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Lapsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lapsley in 1953 was 52, and 77 in 2004.

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