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Sleight Name Meaning

English (Lincolnshire and Yorkshire):: nickname from Middle English sleight slet ‘wise clever skillful sly’ derived from the noun of the same form (Old Norse slœgth ‘slyness’). Compare Sly . from Middle English sleyte ‘level field’ (Old Norse slétta). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived on or by a level field or habitational from a place so named such as Sleights in Kirkby Moorside or Sleights in Whitby (both North Yorkshire). from Middle English sleyte ‘sheep pasture’ (Old English slæget). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived on or by a sheep pasture or habitational from a place so named such as Sleight in Corfe Mullen (Dorset). variant of Slight .

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


Similar surnames: Slight, Speight, Light, Sleigh, Knight, Sligh, Bright, Leigh, Hight

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Where is the Sleight family from?

You can see how Sleight families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sleight family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sleight families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 252 Sleight families living in Lincolnshire. This was about 39% of all the recorded Sleight's in United Kingdom. Lincolnshire had the highest population of Sleight families in 1891.
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What did your Sleight ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sleight. 19% of Sleight men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Sleight women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sleight were Bricklayer and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    19%
  • Farm Labourer
    17%
  • Gardener
    10%
  • Bricklayer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Sleight. For the veterans among your Sleight ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sleight lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sleight life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Sleight in 1944 was 37, and 81 in 2004.

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