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Leger Family History

Leger Name Meaning

French (Léger) and English: from the ancient Germanic personal name Leudgari composed of the elements leud ‘people’ and gari (from garwa) ‘ready eager’ or gari ‘spear’ and Latinized as Leodegar(ius). The name was borne by a 7th-century Christian saint bishop of Autun whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France. See also Ledger and St. Leger . French (Léger): nickname from léger ‘light superficial’. German: topographic name or nickname from Middle High German leger meaning ‘living place’ ‘sick bed’ ‘grave site’ or ‘(wine) cellar’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lever, Ledger, Seger, Deger, Lemer, Beger, Leer, Leber, Lier, Reder

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Where is the Leger family from?

You can see how Leger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leger families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 1,083 Leger families living in New Brunswick. This was about 84% of all the recorded Leger's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Leger families in 1911.
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What did your Leger ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Leger. 18% of Leger men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Leger women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leger were Carpenter and Servante. .

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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
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servant
  • Religieuse
  • Farmer
  • Servante
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Leger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leger 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Leger. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Leger. For the veterans among your Leger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leger lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Leger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Leger in 1951 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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