Fairley Family History

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Fairley Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from one of several places named from Old English fæger ‘beautiful’ or fearn ‘fern’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Black associates the name in this spelling particularly with the barony of Fairley or Fairlie near Largs in Ayrshire.

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

Similar surnames: Farley, Fairey, Barley, Fadley, Varley, Darley, Gailey, Fawley

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Fairley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fairley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Fairley Family Origin

Where is the Fairley family from?

Fairley Family Occupations

What did your Fairley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fairley family was Keeping House. The most common Fairley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Fairley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fairley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Fairley Historical Records

What Fairley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Fairley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fairley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fairley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Fairley. For the veterans among your Fairley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fairley Life Expectancy

What is the average Fairley lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Fairley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Fairley in 1948 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fairley 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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