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Origin and Meaning of Leakey

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  1. English paleontologist whose account of fossil discoveries in Tanzania changed theories of human evolution (1903-1972)
  2. English paleontologist (the wife of Louis Leakey) who discovered the Zinjanthropus skull that was 1,750,000 years old (1913-1996)
  3. English paleontologist (son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey) who continued the work of his parents; he was appointed director of a wildlife preserve in Kenya but resigned under political pressure (born in 1944)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Leakey

Louis Leakey was a scientist in the fields of archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology. Louis was given the name Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey on August 7th, 1903 in Kabete, British East Africa. He breathed his last breath on October 1st, 1972.


Richard Leakey is a scientist in the field of paleoanthropology. Richard was given the name Richard Erskine Frere Leakey on December 19th, 1944 in Nairobi, Kenya.


Mary Leakey was a scientist in the field of paleoanthropology. Mary was given the name Mary Douglas Nicol on February 6th, 1913 in United Kingdom. She passed away on December 9th, 1996.



David Leakey is a Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Black Rod. His military service ended in 2010. David was given the name Arundell David Leakey on May 18th, 1952 in United Kingdom.


Louise Leakey is a in the field of paleontology. Louise was born on March 21st, 1972 in Nairobi.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leakey U.S.
  White 91.45% 64.26%
  African American 3.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leakey

People with the last name Leakey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Leakey

  • How Popular is the name Leakey? As a last name Leakey was the 57,914th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Leakey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Leakey is Monday, January 1st, 1900.
  • How unique is the name Leakey? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Leakey. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Leakey: Your name in reverse order is Yekael. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lykeae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leakey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 351 people with the last name Leakey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leakey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Leakey as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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