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Lett Surname Meaning

English: from a short form of the medieval female personal name Lettice (see Leece ). German: from Middle High German lette ‘clay clayey soil’ hence a topographic name for someone who farmed on fertile clay soil. Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese name 力 (meaning ‘power strength’) a monosyllabic personal name or part of a disyllabic personal name of some early Chinese immigrants in the US.

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


Similar surnames: Lott, Litt, Fett, Leet, Nett, Plett, Pett, Kett, West, Latt

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Where is the Lett family from?

You can see how Lett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lett families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 91 Lett families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Lett's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Lett families in 1891.
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What did your Lett ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Boot Repairer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lett. 20% of Lett men worked as a Boot Repairer and 80% of Lett women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lett were Compositor and Unpaid Domestic Duti. .

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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

  • Boot Repairer
    20%
  • Gardener
    15%
  • General Labourer
    15%
  • Compositor
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    80%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
    3%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lett. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Lett. For the veterans among your Lett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lett in 1941 was 35, and 71 in 2004.

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