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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 1881, the most common Leeds occupation in the UK was Farmer. 10% of Leeds's were Farmers. Farmer, Bricklayer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leeds. A less common occupation for the Leeds family was Butcher.

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  • Farmer

    10%
  • Bricklayer

    5%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Butcher

    2%

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

Leeds Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 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 1,000 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leeds

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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