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Lever Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person from Old French levre ‘hare’ (from Latin lepus genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares. English: topographic name for someone who lived in a place thickly grown with rushes from Old English lǣfer ‘rush reed iris’. Compare Laver . Great and Little Lever in Greater Manchester are named with this word (in a collective sense) so the surname may also be a habitational name from these places. Dutch and North German: from the medieval personal names Lever a variant of Liever (see Lieber ) and Levert a variant of Lievert (see Liebhart ). This surname is very rare in Germany. Slovenian: variant of Levar and in North America probably also an altered form of this.

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

Similar surnames: Leven, Laver, Leer, Leber, Leger, Lier, Lemer, Levee, Klever, Leier

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Where is the Lever family from?

You can see how Lever families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lever family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lever families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,264 Lever families living in Lancashire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Lever's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lever families in 1891.
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What did your Lever 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 Lever. 11% of Lever men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Lever women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lever were Bricklayer and Cotton Weaver. .

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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
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Cotton Weaver
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Lever. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Lever. For the veterans among your Lever ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lever lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lever life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Lever in 1945 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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