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Leith Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the port near Edinburgh, which takes its name from the river at whose mouth it stands. The river name is of Celtic origin, meaning ‘flowing water’.

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


Similar surnames: Keith, Leite, Lenth, Reith, Weith, Leigh, Lein, Fleitz, Leitch, Leach

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Where is the Leith family from?

You can see how Leith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leith families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 110 Leith families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Leith's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Leith families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leith surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leith ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Leith. 33% of Leith men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Leith women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leith were Journalier and Housewife.

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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
    33%
  • Merchant
    10%
  • Foreman
    7%
  • Journalier
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    37%
  • Stenographer
    28%
  • Servant
    19%
  • Housewife
    19%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Leith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leith 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Leith. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Leith. For the veterans among your Leith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leith lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Leith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Leith in 1950 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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