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Axley Name Meaning

English: probably a variant of Exley or Oxley. Americanized spelling of German Echsle or Öchsle, from a diminutive of Middle High German ohse ‘ox’, applied as a nickname for someone dealing with oxen (especially a plowman), or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an ox.

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

Similar surnames: Oxley, Exley, Adley, Axler, Alley, Coley, Paley, Apley, Aley, Baxley

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Where is the Axley family from?

You can see how Axley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Axley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Axley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Axley families living in Illinois. This was about 62% of all the recorded Axley's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Axley families in 1840.
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What did your Axley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Axley. 26% of Axley men worked as a Farmer and 46% of Axley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Axley were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • School Teacher
  • Teacher
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There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Axley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Axley 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 184 immigration records available for the last name Axley. 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 768 military records available for the last name Axley. For the veterans among your Axley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Axley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Axley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Axley in 1942 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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