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Emley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, so named from the Old English male personal name Em(m)a (which has nothing to do with the modern girl’s name) + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Altered spelling of German Emler or Emele (see Emel).

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

Similar surnames: Exley, Empey, Utley, Epley, Betley, Coley, Pedley, Emler, Eley, Apley

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Where is the Emley family from?

You can see how Emley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Emley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Emley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Emley families living in New Jersey. This was about 76% of all the recorded Emley's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Emley families in 1840.
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What did your Emley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Emley. 20% of Emley men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Emley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Emley were Carpenter and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Emley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Emley 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 538 immigration records available for the last name Emley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Emley. For the veterans among your Emley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Emley lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Emley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Emley in 1952 was 19, and 87 in 2004.

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