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Onley Family History

Onley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Onley or Olney in Northamptonshire, possibly also from Onneley in Staffordshire. Like Olney, Onley was named in Old English as ‘lonely (ana, from an ‘one’) glade (leah)’; Onneley has the same second element, and possibly the same initial one, though this may alternatively have been a personal name, Onna.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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1,708 Military Records
801 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Onley Families

  • Number of Onley families
     16 - 29
     6 - 15
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Onley families
     47 - 91
     16 - 46
     1 - 15
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Onley last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Onley Family Origin

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Onley Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Onley

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Onley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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