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Checkley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Checkley, in Cheshire, Herefordshire, and Staffordshire. The first is named from an Old English personal name Ceaddica + leah ‘woodland clearing’; the other two have the same second element, combined with an Old English personal name Ceacca or Old English ceacce ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Hockley, Chesley, Beckley, Chalkley, Shockley, Whelpley, Heatley

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Where is the Checkley family from?

You can see how Checkley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Checkley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Checkley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 8 Checkley families living in Illinois. This was about 27% of all the recorded Checkley's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Checkley families in 1880.
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What did your Checkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Checkley. 24% of Checkley men worked as a 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Manager
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Checkley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Checkley 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 932 immigration records available for the last name Checkley. 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 Checkley. For the veterans among your Checkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Checkley lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Checkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Checkley in 1964 was 86, and 92 in 2004.

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