History of your Surname
Get access to Leaf family records.Start a free trial

Leaf Family History

Leaf Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English lef leff lief life ‘beloved’ (Old English lēof ‘beloved; dear one sweetheart’). English: occasionally perhaps from a Middle English personal name Lef. This could represent either Old Norse Leifr (see Leif ) or Old English Lēof which though unrecorded is a very probable short form of Old English names such as Lēofrīc Lēofwine. Compare Leif Americanized form of Swedish Lööf Löf or Löv: ornamental name from löv ‘leaf’. Compare Leif Americanized form (translation into English) of Jewish and German Blatt French Canadian Bellefeuille .

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

Similar surnames: Leif, Lear, Bean, Lean, Lau, Leach, Leap, Self, Teaff, Len

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Leaf family from?

You can see how Leaf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leaf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leaf families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 19 Leaf families living in Quebec. This was about 33% of all the recorded Leaf's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Leaf families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leaf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leaf ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Leaf. 88% of Leaf men worked as a Farmer. .

View Census Data for Leaf | Data not to scale

*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
  • Laborer
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Leaf family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Leaf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leaf census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Leaf

Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leaf. 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.

View all Leaf immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Leaf. For the veterans among your Leaf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Leaf military records

You've only scratched the surface of Leaf family history

Discover More

What is the average Leaf lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Leaf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Leaf in 1942 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Leaf

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Leaf family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial