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Leary Family History

Leary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoghaire, ‘descendant of Laoghaire’ (see O’Leary ).

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


Similar surnames: Geary, Leahy, Cleary, Leavy, Neary, Weary, Lary, Learn, Lear, Keary

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Where is the Leary family from?

You can see how Leary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leary families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 78 Leary families living in Ontario. This was about 32% of all the recorded Leary's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Leary families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leary surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leary ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Leary. 47% of Leary men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Leary women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leary were Electrician 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
    47%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Electrician
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
    34%
  • Maid
    34%
  • Teacher
    34%
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Census Records

There are 180,000 census records available for the last name Leary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leary 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 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Leary. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Leary. For the veterans among your Leary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Leary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leary in 1945 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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