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Colley Family History

Colley Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Coley. Irish: reduced form of McColley. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Kohli.

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


Similar surnames: Cilley, Coley, Cooley, Colle, Coller, Collen, Tolley, Corley, Cogley

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Where is the Colley family from?

You can see how Colley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 29 Colley families living in New Hampshire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Colley's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Colley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Colley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Colley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Colley. 19% of Colley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Colley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colley were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Colley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colley 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Colley. 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 Colley. For the veterans among your Colley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Colley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Colley in 1944 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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