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Clegg Family History

Clegg Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Clegg from Old Norse kleggi ‘haystack’ originally the name of a nearby hill. Alternatively a nickname from Middle English clege and Older Scots cleg gleg ‘gadfly horsefly’ (Old Norse kleggi) presumably for an irritating person. The name was taken to Ulster in the early 18th century. Manx: variant of Clague which in Lancashire and Cumbria have occasionally been absorbed into Clegg.

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


Similar surnames: Legg, Clagg, Cleek, Clee, Cleve, Flagg, Clear, Hegg, Clare, Cheng

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Where is the Clegg family from?

You can see how Clegg families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clegg family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clegg families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 139 Clegg families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Clegg's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Clegg families in 1911.
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What did your Clegg ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Clegg. 22% of Clegg men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Clegg women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clegg were Machinist and Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servant
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Telephone Operator
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

There are 190,000 census records available for the last name Clegg. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clegg census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Clegg. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Clegg. For the veterans among your Clegg ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clegg lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Clegg life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clegg in 1950 was 25, and 77 in 2004.

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