Dunkley Family History

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Dunkley Name Meaning

English: of uncertain derivation, possibly a habitational name from Dinckley in Lancashire, recorded in 1246 as Dunkythele and Dinkedelay, and probably named with an old British name, composed of elements meaning ‘fort’ + ‘wood’, with the addition of Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. In the British Isles the surname is now most common in Northamptonshire.

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

Similar surnames: Dudley, Winkley, Buckley, Bunkley, Huntley, Dingley, Durley, Denley

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Dunkley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dunkley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


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Dunkley Family Origin

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Dunkley Family Occupations

What did your Dunkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Dunkley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Dunkley's were Farmers. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dunkley. A less common occupation for the Dunkley family was Physician.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer

  • Physician


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

Dunkley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Dunkley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunkley 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 Dunkley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Dunkley. For the veterans among your Dunkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dunkley Life Expectancy

What is the average Dunkley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Dunkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Dunkley in 1959 was 49, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunkley 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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