Hanley Family History

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Hanley Name Meaning

Irish: shortened form of O’Hanley, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁinle ‘descendant of Áinle’, a personal name meaning ‘champion’. This is the name of a ruling family in Connacht; it is now common in southern Ireland. English: habitational name from any of various places, such as Handley in Cheshire, Derbyshire. Northamptonshire, and Dorset and Hanley in Staffordshire and Worcestershire, all from Old English hean, the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of heah ‘high’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, or from Handley Farm in Clayhanger, Devon, which is named from Old English han ‘(boundary) stone’ + leah.

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

Similar surnames: Manley, Henley, Halley, Harley, Hadley, Hawley, Hansley, Hatley

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Hanley Family Origin

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Hanley Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Hanley family was Keeps House. The most common Hanley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Hanley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hanley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


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Hanley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 171,000 census records available for the last name Hanley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hanley 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Hanley. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Hanley. For the veterans among your Hanley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hanley Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hanley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hanley in 1942 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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