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Gidley Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from Gidleigh in Devon, so named from an Old English personal name Gydda + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Godley, Ridley, Pixley, Dudley, Iley, Bodley, Willey, Tilley

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Where is the Gidley family from?

You can see how Gidley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gidley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gidley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Gidley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 37% of all the recorded Gidley's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Gidley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gidley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gidley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gidley. 23% of Gidley men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Gidley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gidley were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Secretary
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gidley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gidley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gidley. 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 Gidley. For the veterans among your Gidley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gidley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gidley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Gidley in 1953 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

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