Dilley Family History

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Dilley Name Meaning

English: possibly a pet form of an unrecorded Old English personal name Dylla, found as the first element in the place names Dillington (in the former Huntingdonshire) and Dilton (in Wiltshire). In some cases, possibly an altered spelling of French Dilly.

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

Similar surnames: Dilly, Tilley, Willey, Cilley, Gulley, Lilly, Dillen, Diller, Killey

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Dilley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dilley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dilley. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Dilley Family Origin

Where is the Dilley family from?

Dilley Family Occupations

What did your Dilley ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Farming


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

Dilley Historical Records

What Dilley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Dilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dilley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dilley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Dilley. For the veterans among your Dilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dilley Life Expectancy

What is the average Dilley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dilley in 1942 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dilley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dilley 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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