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Leach Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a physician from Middle English leche lache ‘physician’ (Old English lǣce ‘leech; physician blood-letter surgeon’). The name refers to the medieval medical practice of bleeding typically by applying leeches to a patient. The surname is recorded in the late 14th-century Poll Tax Returns for men whose occupation is stated as medicus ‘physician’ or occasionally spicer (spicers acted as apothecaries) but some men named le Leche have unrelated occupations including cultor ‘cultivator farm laborer’ which suggests that leche could refer to an amateur ‘medicine man’ who supplied folk remedies.

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

Similar surnames: Beach, Reach, Leath, Lynch, Peach, Lech, Lach, Lerch, Desch, Loach

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Where is the Leach family from?

You can see how Leach families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leach family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leach families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 3,683 Leach families living in Lancashire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Leach's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Leach families in 1891.
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What did your Leach ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Leach. 7% of Leach men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Leach women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leach were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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There are 58,000 military records available for the last name Leach. For the veterans among your Leach ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leach lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Leach life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Leach in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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