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Bely Family History

Bely Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Bell, Bly, Bel, Bey, Belt, Ely, Belz, Belo, Beld, Bily

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Where is the Bely family from?

You can see how Bely families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bely family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Bely families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Bely families living in Rhode Island. This was about 38% of all the recorded Bely's in USA. Rhode Island had the highest population of Bely families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bely surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bely ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bely. 40% of Bely men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Bely women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bely were Salesman and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Farm Laborer
  • Housework
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Bely. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bely census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 457 immigration records available for the last name Bely. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 254 military records available for the last name Bely. For the veterans among your Bely ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bely lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2003, in the United States, Bely life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bely in 1956 was 43, and 77 in 2003.

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