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Ailey Family History

Ailey Name Meaning

English: habitational name, perhaps from a minor place in Herefordshire called Ailey, or alternatively from a place called Hailey (see Haley).

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

Similar surnames: Airey, Adley, Gailey, Iley, Bailey, Hailey, Mailey, Apley, Ainley

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Where is the Ailey family from?

You can see how Ailey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ailey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ailey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Ailey family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Ailey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ailey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ailey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ailey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ailey. 34% of Ailey men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Ailey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ailey were Salesman and Housekeeping.

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeping
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Ailey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ailey 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 290 immigration records available for the last name Ailey. 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 614 military records available for the last name Ailey. For the veterans among your Ailey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ailey lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Ailey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ailey in 1962 was 81, and 83 in 2004.

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