Ley Name Meaning

English: variant of Lye. French: habitational name from Ley in Moselle. French and German: from a medieval personal name, Eloy (Latin Eligius, a derivative of eligere ‘to choose or elect’), made popular by a 6th-century saint who came to be venerated as the patron of smiths and horses. German (Rhineland): topographic name from Middle High German leie ‘rock’, ‘stone’, ‘slate’, or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word. Compare Leier.

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

Similar surnames: Loy, Fey, Lay, Kley, Hey, Bey, Leo, Rey, Ney, Lee

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Ley Family Origin

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Ley Family Occupations

What did your Ley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Ley. 10% of Ley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Ley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ley were Retired and Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Household Duties
  • Domestic Duties

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

Ley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Ley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ley 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Ley. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Ley. For the veterans among your Ley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ley Life Expectancy

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Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Ley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Ley in 1949 was 31, and 80 in 2004.

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