Raleigh Family History

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Raleigh Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Raleigh in Devon, recorded in Domesday Book as Radeleia, from Old English read ‘red’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Leigh, Farleigh, Cobleigh, Rawleigh, Sleigh, Haigh, Ralph, Eveleigh

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Raleigh Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Raleigh name?

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


  • Sweden


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Raleigh Family Origin

Where is the Raleigh family from?

Raleigh Family Occupations

What did your Raleigh ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Raleigh family was Engine Driver (22.2). Coal Miner, Annuitant and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Raleigh. The most common Raleigh occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 12% of Raleigh's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Annuitant

  • Carpenter

  • Engine Driver (22.2)


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

Raleigh Historical Records

What Raleigh family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Raleigh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Raleigh 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Raleigh. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Raleigh. For the veterans among your Raleigh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Raleigh Life Expectancy

What is the average Raleigh lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Raleigh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Raleigh in 1951 was 56, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Raleigh

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Raleigh 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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