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Origins of the Leigh surname

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About the Leighs

We have a total number of 83925 records for people with the last name Leigh.

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Where do most Leighs live?

In 1921, most Leighs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Leighs

How common is your surname?

486th most common surname in the UK

We have 73,100 records for the Leigh surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Leighs most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Leighs.

What are the most common Leigh first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Leighs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Leighs in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Living On Own Means






Common Male occupations for Leighs in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer




Agricultural Labourer


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