Blakely Family History

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Blakely Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: habitational name from any of various places in northern England and the Scottish Borders called Blakeley, named with Old English blæc ‘black’, ‘dark’ (see Black) + leah ‘woodland clearing’. The Scottish surname may also have absorbed some cases of Blakelaw, from a place in the Borders named with Old English blæc ‘black’ + hlaw ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Blakeney, Blake, Blakeway, Lake, Akeley, Gravely, Blakeslee, Blakeley

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Blakely Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Blakely name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Blakely Family Origin

Where is the Blakely family from?

Blakely Family Occupations

What did your Blakely ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Blakely Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Blakely. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blakely 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Blakely. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Blakely. For the veterans among your Blakely ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Blakely Life Expectancy

What is the average Blakely lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Blakely life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Blakely in 1945 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Blakely

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Blakely 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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