Colley Family History

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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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Colley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Colley Family Origin

Where is the Colley family from?

Colley Family Occupations

What did your Colley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Colley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Colley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Colley family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Colley Historical Records

What Colley family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Colley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colley 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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