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Chipley Family History

Chipley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Chipley in Somerset and Devon or from Chipley Abbey in Suffolk each having as the second element Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. In the case of Chipley Somerset the first element was probably the Old English personal name Cippa while Chipley in Devon is named with Old English cēap ‘price purchase’ and the Suffolk placename derives from Old English cipp ‘log’.

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

Similar surnames: Shipley, Chesley, Chumley, Copley, Cropley, Huxley, Shepley, Chorley

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Where is the Chipley family from?

You can see how Chipley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chipley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Chipley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Chipley families living in Virginia. This was about 27% of all the recorded Chipley's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Chipley families in 1840.
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What did your Chipley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chipley. 20% of Chipley men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Chipley women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chipley were Clerk and Cook. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laundress
  • Clerk
  • Servant
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 253 immigration records available for the last name Chipley. 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 797 military records available for the last name Chipley. For the veterans among your Chipley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chipley lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Chipley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Chipley in 1956 was 52, and 81 in 2004.

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