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Leo Family History

Leo Name Meaning

Italian (southern): nickname for a fierce or brave warrior from Latin leo ‘lion’. Italian: from a short form of the personal name Pantaleo . Jewish: from the personal name Leo (from Latin leo ‘lion’) borrowed from Christians as an equivalent of Hebrew Yehuda (see Leib ). English: from the Old French personal name Leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon ). Spanish: from a variant of the personal name León (see Leon ). Dutch: from Latin leo ‘lion’ applied either a nickname for a strong or fearless man or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a lion; or alternatively from a personal name of the same derivation.7: French (Léo): variant of Léon (see Leon ).8: German: Latinized (humanistic) form of Löwe (see Lowe ).9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 廖 (see Liao ) 梁 (see Liang ) 劉 and 柳 (see Liu 1-2).

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

Similar surnames: Leon, Lew, Lio, Ley, Leu, Lee, Feo, Leos, Len, Loo

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Where is the Leo family from?

You can see how Leo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leo families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 69 Leo families living in British Columbia. This was about 31% of all the recorded Leo's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Leo families in 1911.
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What did your Leo ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Leo. 20% of Leo men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Laundry
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Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Leo. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leo 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Leo. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Leo. For the veterans among your Leo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leo lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Leo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leo in 1944 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

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