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Charley Family History

Charley Name Meaning

Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Charley (pet form of Charles ) as a surname. Compare Charlie English (Warwickshire): habitational name from Charley in Leicestershire or Charley Farm in Stanstead Saint Margaret's in Hertfordshire named with Celtic carn ‘cairn pile of stones’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. French: from a pet form of the personal name Charles .

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

Similar surnames: Charnley, Carley, Harley, Chorley, Charles, Charlet, Crawley, Corley

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Where is the Charley family from?

You can see how Charley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Charley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Charley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Charley families living in Indiana. This was about 29% of all the recorded Charley's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Charley families in 1840.
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What did your Charley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Weaver were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Charley. 28% of Charley men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Charley women worked as a Weaver. Some less common occupations for Americans named Charley 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Weaver
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Charley lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Charley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Charley in 1954 was 67, and 63 in 2004.

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