Lea Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Lee. Dutch: patronymic from a Germanic personal name formed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + hardi ‘strong’.

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

Similar surnames: Lee, Leo, Lem, Lew, Ley, Lear, Leak, Leaf, Lex, Tea

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Lea Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lea name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lea. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Lea Family Origin

Where is the Lea family from?

Lea Family Occupations

What did your Lea ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Lea family was Annuitant. Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lea. The most common Lea occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Lea's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lea ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lea Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Lea. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lea 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lea. 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 Card

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Lea. For the veterans among your Lea ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lea Life Expectancy

What is the average Lea lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lea in 1941 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lea ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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