Leith Family History

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Leith Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the port near Edinburgh, which takes its name from the river at whose mouth it stands. The river name is of Celtic origin, meaning ‘flowing water’.

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

Similar surnames: Keith, Leite, Lenth, Reith, Weith, Leigh, Lein, Fleitz, Leitch, Leach

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Leith Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leith name?

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


  • France


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Leith Family Origin

Where is the Leith family from?

Leith Family Occupations

What did your Leith ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Farm Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leith. The most common Leith occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Leith's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Leith family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Servant

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Leith Historical Records

What Leith family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Leith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leith 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Leith. 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 Leith. For the veterans among your Leith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leith Life Expectancy

What is the average Leith lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Leith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leith in 1950 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leith

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leith 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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