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Wiley Family History

Wiley Name Meaning

English: from various places called with Old English wīg wēoh ‘idol’ + lēah ‘wood clearing’ such as Whyly in East Hoathly (Sussex) Whiligh in Ticehurst (Sussex) Weeley (Essex) Weoley (Worcestershire) and Willey (Surrey) or from any of the other places called Willey such as those in Cheshire Herefordshire Shropshire and Warwickshire named with Old English wilig ‘willow’ + lēah or from Wylye (Wiltshire) which takes its name from the river Wylye (of uncertain etymology).

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


Similar surnames: Riley, Willey, Wigley, Iley, Wilby, Willy, Wiles, Tilley, Wilkey

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Where is the Wiley family from?

You can see how Wiley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wiley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wiley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 132 Wiley families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Wiley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wiley families in 1840.
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What did your Wiley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wiley. 18% of Wiley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wiley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wiley were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Wiley. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Wiley. For the veterans among your Wiley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wiley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wiley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wiley in 1940 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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