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Cilley Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Silley, a variant of Seeley. This is a frequent NH name. Americanized spelling of German Zille, perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a bargee, from Middle High German zülle ‘barge’, mainly used in Saxony and the Berlin area. Americanized form of South German Killer, a variant of Kilian, or a habitational name from a place near Hechingen (Württemberg).

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

Similar surnames: Tilley, Colley, Galley, Milley, Tiller, Willey, Killey, Dilley, Hille

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Where is the Cilley family from?

You can see how Cilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Cilley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 74 Cilley families living in New Hampshire. This was about 67% of all the recorded Cilley's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Cilley families in 1840.
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What did your Cilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cilley. 24% of Cilley men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Cilley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cilley were Labor and Teacher.

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 461 immigration records available for the last name Cilley. 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 Cilley. For the veterans among your Cilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cilley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Cilley in 1943 was 24, and 76 in 2004.

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