The Leigh Family History

This is a site where you can find information about the history of the Leigh family.

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The Leigh Family in the Census

Census Freqency of the Surname Leigh
1841 Census225
1851 Census1319
1861 Census2602
1871 Census3914
1881 Census5315
1891 Census6356
1901 Census8144
1911 Census9000

Most Frequent Forenames for the Leigh Family in the Census

Name 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1881 Census 1871 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Total
John Leigh 13 86 201 276 358 371 455 457
Mary Leigh 10 100 194 290 364 403 450 429
William Leigh 17 89 175 235 320 342 421 425
Elizabeth Leigh 14 76 151 212 245 260 267 244
James Leigh 13 66 117 168 209 248 295 279
Thomas Leigh 6 72 110 159 192 215 277 257
Sarah Leigh 11 67 114 173 200 198 208 184
George Leigh 5 28 67 89 122 167 195 207
Alice Leigh 4 26 66 95 143 149 185 193
Joseph Leigh 3 24 66 89 112 131 161 146
Annie Leigh 0 0 12 55 89 153 213 213
Ellen Leigh 8 26 51 80 99 130 124 128
Henry Leigh 7 25 53 90 104 97 112 105
Margaret Leigh 8 17 40 62 84 99 141 126
Charles Leigh 0 19 35 60 80 103 120 122
Jane Leigh 12 30 56 79 97 95 92 80
Ann Leigh 7 37 92 86 78 71 63 55
Samuel Leigh 6 27 46 58 79 88 90 103
Robert Leigh 3 22 35 56 67 76 100 105
Edward Leigh 5 24 39 46 73 82 78 95

Your Family History Search

You can use the forms below to do automatic searches for the Leigh family online amongst birth, marriage and death records from 1837, plus census transcripts for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and many more...


Etymology and History of the Surname: Leigh

View Name: LEIGH.

LEIGH

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

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

Linked Surnames:
Leach,Lee,Lei,-leigh,-ley,Lay,Lea,Lees,Leese,Leighe.,

 



A Short History of Parish Records
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Case Study - Charles Darwin
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Case Study - Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett
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Anatomy of the Census Page
Not every piece of information is obvious to the casual observer, so to make sure that you extract every useful piece of information from the census page.