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The LEITH surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,166 12976 0.001 8
United States (1880 census) 545 9000 0.001 11
Change since 1880 +1621 -3976 0 -3
Other Countries
Australia 316 4960 0.002 19
United Kingdom 1,648 3461 0.004 36
Top States for LEITH by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 154 14848 0.000 5
Illinois 108 11469 0.001 9
Pennsylvania 106 12954 0.001 9
Washington 100 6798 0.002 17
New York 98 17723 0.001 5
Top States for LEITH by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 36 2862 0.006 56
New Hampshire 58 2922 0.005 47
Oregon 70 5754 0.002 20
Maryland 91 5965 0.002 17
Washington 100 6798 0.002 17


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called LEITH live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called LEITH represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called LEITH in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a LEITH by picking someone at random in North Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of LEITH

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the LEITH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the LEITH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of LEITH in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 75 3.46
Black/African American 55 2.54
Mixed Race 45 2.08
White (Hispanic) 40 1.85
Asian/Pacific 14 0.65
White (Caucasian) 1,937 89.43

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the LEITH surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of LEITH in historical publications

LEITH. " The surname of Leitli is of great antiquity in Scotland, and those who bore it held, in a remote era, vast possessions, including the barony of Eestalrig, and others in the shire of Mid-Lothian, and territory of Leith, whence, it is presumed, the name was taken." B.L.G. The pedigree is traced only to the year 1350. The baronet's family descend from William Leith, who was provost of Aberdeen in 1350. According to Douglas there were at the latter end of the last century six distinct families of Leith, all of whom could trace their origin to that personage. Courthope's Debrett.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to LEITH

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LEITH.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for LEITH

The following words are slight variants of LEITH that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.