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Chalkley Name Meaning

English (Hertfordshire and Middlesex): habitational name from an unidentified place (probably in southern England where the surname is commonest and where chalk hills abound) apparently named with Old English cealc ‘chalk’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The source may be Chalkley Farm in Hawkesbury Gloucestershire or an unidentified place apparently in or near Hertfordshire; Chalkleys Wood in Saint Pauls Walden (Hertfordshire) seems to take its name from the surname rather than vice versa.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Halley, Charnley, Checkley, Walkley, Charley, Shackley, Chumley

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Where is the Chalkley family from?

You can see how Chalkley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chalkley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chalkley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Chalkley families living in Virginia. This was about 93% of all the recorded Chalkley's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Chalkley families in 1840.
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What did your Chalkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chalkley. 17% of Chalkley men worked as a Clerk and 32% of Chalkley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chalkley were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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

  • Clerk
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
  • Laborer
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What is the average Chalkley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Chalkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Chalkley in 1943 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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