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Ackley Name Meaning

English: from any of various places named in Old English as ac leah ‘oak clearing’. Possible sources include Acle in Norfolk, Aykley in Durham, and Ackley Farm in Powys. Compare Oakley, which has the same origin. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Egli.

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


Similar surnames: Mackley, Rackley, Jackley, Eckley, Beckley, Acklin, Coley, Akeley

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Where is the Ackley family from?

You can see how Ackley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ackley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ackley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 110 Ackley families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Ackley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ackley families in 1840.
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What did your Ackley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ackley. 17% of Ackley men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Ackley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ackley were Carpenter and Teacher.

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ackley. 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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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Ackley. For the veterans among your Ackley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ackley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ackley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ackley in 1940 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

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