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Leon Surname Meaning

Spanish (León): habitational name from León a city in northwestern Spain named with Latin legio genitive legionis ‘legion’ a division of the Roman army. In Roman times the city was the garrison of the 7th Legion known as the Legio Gemina. The city's name became shortened from Legion(em) to Leon(em) and in this form developed an unetymological association with the word for ‘lion’ (Spanish león). French (Léon) and Spanish (León): from the personal name Léon León from Latin leo ‘lion’ or the cognate Greek leōn. The name Leo(n) was borne by numerous early Christian martyrs and thirteen popes. Spanish (León): nickname for a fierce or brave warrior from león ‘lion’. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 梁 see Liang

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lyon, Leo, Len, Leone, Lein, Lion, Leos, Lemon, Lew, Ley

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Where is the Leon family from?

You can see how Leon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leon families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 126 Leon families living in London. This was about 37% of all the recorded Leon's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Leon families in 1891.
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What did your Leon ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Tailor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Leon. 34% of Leon men worked as a Tailor and 77% of Leon women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leon were Coach Painter and Shorthand Typist. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Tailor
  • Gents Hairdresser
  • Cinema Chief Projectionist Electrician
  • Coach Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Shorthand Typist
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Passenger Lists

There are 87,000 immigration records available for the last name Leon. 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 Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Leon. For the veterans among your Leon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leon lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Leon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Leon in 1946 was 39, and 70 in 2004.

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