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Gravely Family History

Gravely Name Meaning

English (Surrey and Sussex): habitational name from Graveley in Hertfordshire Gravelye in Lindfield (Sussex) or Gravely in Cambridgeshire. The first and second are from Old English grāf(a) or grǣfe ‘grove copse’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ and the third is either from the same elements or is more likely from Old English græf ‘pit trench’ + lēah.

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


Similar surnames: Gravett, Grave, Graver, Gravley, Grabel, Graven, Raven, Draves, Rasey

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Where is the Gravely family from?

You can see how Gravely families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gravely family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gravely families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Gravely families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Gravely's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gravely families in 1840.
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What did your Gravely ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gravely. 27% of Gravely men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Gravely women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gravely were Miner and Housekeeper. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Coal Loader
    6%
  • Miner
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Gravely. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gravely 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 789 immigration records available for the last name Gravely. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gravely. For the veterans among your Gravely ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gravely lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gravely life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gravely in 1944 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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