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Exley Family History

Exley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, near Halifax, so named from a British ecclesia name meaning ‘church’ (see Eccles) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. The surname is common in West Yorkshire. Americanized spelling of the German family name Öchsle, a diminutive of Ochs.

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


Similar surnames: Emley, Oxley, Bexley, Axley, Boxley, Tenley, Huxley, Epley, Paley

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Where is the Exley family from?

You can see how Exley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Exley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Exley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Exley families living in Georgia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Exley's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Exley families in 1840.
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What did your Exley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Exley. 30% of Exley men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Exley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Exley were Labor and Housework.

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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

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Labor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    30%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housework
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Exley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Exley. For the veterans among your Exley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Exley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Exley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Exley in 1955 was 69, and 78 in 2004.

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