Lief Family History

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Lief Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Leaf. Dutch (de Lief): nickname from lief, ‘dear’, ‘beloved’, with the definite article de. Jewish: unexplained, possibly from the Netherlands, with the same etymology as 2.

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

Similar surnames: Liff, Lien, Leef, Lie, Lieb, Lier, Lins, Lio, Liew, Lew

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Lief Family Origin

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Lief Family Occupations

What did your Lief ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Pawnbroker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Lief. 23% of Lief men worked as a Pawnbroker and 88% of Lief women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lief were General Iron Warkers H and Housewifeunpdom Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Pawnbroker
  • Clerk (temp) Men Of Labour
  • Electrical Fitter H
  • General Iron Warkers H

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewifeunpdom Duties

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

Lief Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Lief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lief 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 484 immigration records available for the last name Lief. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Lief. For the veterans among your Lief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lief Life Expectancy

What is the average Lief lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Lief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lief in 1962 was 72, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lief

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