Leslie Family History

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Leslie Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a barony in Aberdeenshire, which is first recorded c.1180 in the form Lesslyn, of obscure origin. Leslie in Fife is said to be named for this place; in some cases the surname may come from there. English: possibly from a double diminutive of the personal name Lece (see Leece), thus Lecelin.

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

Similar surnames: Lesnik, Emslie, Lesslie, Helie, Laslie, Leckie, Lennie, Lelli, Jessie

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Leslie Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leslie name?

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


  • Norway


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Leslie Family Origin

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Leslie Family Occupations

What did your Leslie ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Leslie occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Leslie's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Leslie family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Annuitant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leslie.

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  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Leslie Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 217,000 census records available for the last name Leslie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leslie 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Leslie. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Leslie. For the veterans among your Leslie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leslie Life Expectancy

What is the average Leslie lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Leslie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leslie in 1943 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leslie 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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