Coley Family History

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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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Coley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Coley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Coley Family Origin

Where is the Coley family from?

Coley Family Occupations

What did your Coley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Coley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Coley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Coley family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Coley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Coley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Coley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Coley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Coley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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