Leiter Family History

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Leiter Name Meaning

German: from Leiter ‘leader’, status name for a foreman or for the leader of a military expedition, from Middle High German leiten ‘lead’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Leitner.

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

Similar surnames: Leiser, Leitner, Leider, Reiter, Leifer, Leister, Beiter, Leiner

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Leiter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leiter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Leiter. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Leiter Family Origin

Where is the Leiter family from?

Leiter Family Occupations

What did your Leiter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leiter. A less common occupation for the Leiter family was Grocer. The most common Leiter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Leiter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farming

  • Grocer


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

Leiter Historical Records

What Leiter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Leiter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leiter 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leiter. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Leiter. For the veterans among your Leiter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leiter Life Expectancy

What is the average Leiter lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Leiter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leiter in 1953 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leiter 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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