Leeds Family History

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Leeds Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in West Yorkshire, or the place in Kent. The former is of British origin, appearing in Bede in the form Loidis ‘People of the Lat’, (Lat being an earlier name of the river Aire, meaning ‘the violent one’). Loidis was originally a district name, but was subsequently restricted to the city. The Kentish place name may be from an Old English stream name hl¯de ‘loud, rushing stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Leed, Lees, Hees, Leys, Leer, Beed, Seed, Deeds, Leet, Leep

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Leeds Family Origin

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Leeds Family Occupations

What did your Leeds ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Leeds. 2% of Leeds men worked as a Bricklayer and 45% of Leeds women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leeds were Private Means and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bricklayer
  • Railway Clerk
  • Old Age Pensioner
  • Private Means

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Leeds Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Leeds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leeds 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Leeds. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Leeds. For the veterans among your Leeds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leeds Life Expectancy

What is the average Leeds lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Leeds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leeds in 1949 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leeds 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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