Leigh Family Background

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Surname Meaning

Habitational from any of a number of places with this name. Old english leah 'woodland clearing'.

The name is of english origin.A bearer of the name was 'Sir Thomas Leigh',mayor of London 1558.

Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Leigh Surname Statistics


Top Professions for the Leigh family

Profession Census Frequency
Independent 167
Agricultural Labourer 124
Female Servant 116
Cotton Weaver 107
Weaver 80
Farmer 67
Labourer 58
Silk Weaver 50
Male Servant 37
Cotton Spinner 31
Carpenter 22
Dress Maker 19
Independant 19
Clerk 17
Apprentice 16
Shoe Maker 16
Joiner 14
Coal Miner 14
Silk Winder 14
Butcher 13
Pupil 13
Potter 13
Blacksmith 12
Vagrant 11
Stone Mason 11

Leigh Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Leigh 100% 51,671
2 Lea 40% 44,618
3 Lough 60% 4,196
4 Lugh 60% 755
5 Legh 80% 706
6 Laugh 60% 320
7 Lighe 60% 275
8 Ligh 80% 160
9 Laigh 80% 109

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The surname Leigh is the most popular version of all its varients

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