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Fenley Name Meaning

Irish: from Ó Fionnghaile or Ó Fionnghalaigh see Fennell 2 and Fennelly . English: perhaps a variant of Scottish Finley or English Fendley . Possibly an altered form of South German Fähnle an occupational name for an ensign bearer from a diminutive of Middle High German van(e) ‘flag banner’ (from Old High German fano ‘cloth’).

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


Similar surnames: Henley, Tenley, Kenley, Fegley, Finley, Denley, Exley, Hensley

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Where is the Fenley family from?

You can see how Fenley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fenley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fenley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Fenley families living in Kentucky. This was about 28% of all the recorded Fenley's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Fenley families in 1840.
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What did your Fenley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fenley. 22% of Fenley men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Fenley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenley were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Fenley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenley 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 963 immigration records available for the last name Fenley. 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 Fenley. For the veterans among your Fenley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fenley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Fenley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fenley in 1945 was 37, and 82 in 2004.

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