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Charnley Family History

Charnley Name Meaning

English (northern): habitational name from an unlocated or unidentified place in Lancashire or nearby probably named with Celtic carn ‘cairn pile of stones’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Charley .

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


Similar surnames: Charley, Carnley, Chalkley, Chorley, Thornley, Hartley, Carley

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Where is the Charnley family from?

You can see how Charnley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Charnley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Charnley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Charnley families living in Rhode Island. This was about 67% of all the recorded Charnley's in USA. Rhode Island had the highest population of Charnley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Charnley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Charnley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Charnley. 34% of Charnley men worked as a Salesman and 34% of Charnley women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Charnley were Laborer 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

  • Salesman
    34%
  • Truck Driver
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
    34%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Housewife
    23%
  • Stenographer
    23%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Charnley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Charnley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Charnley. 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 Charnley. For the veterans among your Charnley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Charnley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Charnley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Charnley in 1955 was 48, and 85 in 2004.

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