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Boley Name Meaning

South German: patronymic from a personal name derived from Pelagius (from Greek Pelagios, a derivative of pelagos ‘sea’; compare Spanish Pelayo). Saint Pelagius is the patron saint of Constance. English: variant of Bulley.

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


Similar surnames: Bolen, Buley, Soley, Boler, Bole, Bosley, Coley, Roley, Boxley, Boles

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Where is the Boley family from?

You can see how Boley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Boley families living in Virginia. This was about 23% of all the recorded Boley's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Boley families in 1840.
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What did your Boley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boley. 22% of Boley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Boley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boley were Labor 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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Labor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Boley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Boley. For the veterans among your Boley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Boley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Boley in 1942 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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