Leonard Family History

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Leonard Name Meaning

English and French (Léonard): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of Germanic name elements, taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’, which was taken to England by the Normans. A saint of this name, who is supposed to have lived in the 6th century, but about whom nothing is known except for a largely fictional life dating from half a millennium later, was popular throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages and was regarded as the patron of peasants and horses. Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan. Americanized form of Italian Leonardo or cognate forms in other European languages.

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

Similar surnames: Leonardo, Leopard, Reynard, Bernard, Conard, Leonhardt, Leonardi

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Leonard Ethnicity Estimate

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Leonard Family Origin

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Leonard Family Occupations

What did your Leonard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Leonard occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Leonard's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leonard. A less common occupation for the Leonard family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Leonard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 666,000 census records available for the last name Leonard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leonard 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 76,000 immigration records available for the last name Leonard. 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 126,000 military records available for the last name Leonard. For the veterans among your Leonard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leonard Life Expectancy

What is the average Leonard lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Leonard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Leonard in 1942 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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