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Copley Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from any of various places called Copley for example in County Durham Staffordshire and Yorkshire from the Old English personal name Coppa (apparently a byname for a tall man) or from copp ‘hilltop’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cowley, Corley, Cropley, Comley, Coley, Oxley, Bodley, Godley, Onley

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Where is the Copley family from?

You can see how Copley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Copley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Copley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 16 Copley families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Copley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Copley families in 1840.
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What did your Copley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Copley. 21% of Copley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Copley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Copley were Miner 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Copley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Copley. For the veterans among your Copley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Copley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Copley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Copley in 1942 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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