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Coley Family History

Coley Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): nickname for a swarthy person, from Old English colig ‘dark’, ‘black’ (a derivative of col ‘(char)coal’). English: possibly a habitational name from Coaley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English as ‘woodland clearing (leah) with a hut or shelter (cofa)’. Probably an Americanized form of Swiss German Kohli or Kohler.

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


Similar surnames: Cowley, Cole, Caley, Corley, Comley, Colby, Copley, Colley, Godley

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Where is the Coley family from?

You can see how Coley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Coley families living in North Carolina. This was about 21% of all the recorded Coley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Coley families in 1840.
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What did your Coley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Coley. 24% of Coley men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Coley women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coley were Salesman and Housewife.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Salesman
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    10%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Coley. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Coley. For the veterans among your Coley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Coley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coley in 1944 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

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