Ashley Family History

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Ashley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in southern and central England named Ashley, from Old English æsc ‘ash’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Astley, Lashley, Pashley, Ansley, Apley, Audley, Osley, Antley

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Ashley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ashley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ashley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    52%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    3%

  • Norway

    3%

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Ashley Family Origin

Where is the Ashley family from?

Ashley Family Occupations

What did your Ashley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Ashley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Ashley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ashley. A less common occupation for the Ashley family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    41%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ashley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ashley Historical Records

What Ashley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 235,000 census records available for the last name Ashley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ashley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Ashley. 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 Card

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Ashley. For the veterans among your Ashley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ashley Life Expectancy

What is the average Ashley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ashley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ashley in 1942 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ashley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ashley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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