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Eley Family History

Eley Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Ely. German: from a short form of the personal name Eligius (see Loy).

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


Similar surnames: Kley, Ley, Emley, Iley, Ealey, Exley, Epley, Ely, Elsey, Eleby

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Where is the Eley family from?

You can see how Eley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Eley families living in Virginia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Eley's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Eley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Eley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Eley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Eley. 24% of Eley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Eley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eley were Farm Laborer and Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Eley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Eley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Eley. For the veterans among your Eley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Eley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Eley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Eley in 1943 was 40, and 70 in 2004.

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