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Bodley Family History

Bodley Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): habitational name of uncertain origin: probably from a lost settlement called Buddeley in Tabley Superior, Cheshire. Another possibility is Budleigh in Devon (Bodelie in Domesday Book), named with Old English budda ‘beetle’ (or the same word used as a byname) + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Bowley, Godley, Bordley, Bosley, Badley, Boxley, Bodle, Coley, Comley

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Where is the Bodley family from?

You can see how Bodley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bodley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bodley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Bodley families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Bodley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bodley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bodley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bodley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bodley. 23% of Bodley men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Bodley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bodley were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Bodley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bodley 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Bodley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bodley. For the veterans among your Bodley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bodley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Bodley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bodley in 1959 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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