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Hatley Family History

Hatley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from East Hatley (Cambridgeshire) Hatley Saint George (Cambridgeshire) or Hatley Cockayne (Bedfordshire). The placenames probably derive either from an Old English personal name Hætta or an earlier placename Hætte (from Old English hætt ‘hat hat-shaped hill’) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Hatt

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

Similar surnames: Hartley, Hadley, Hanley, Harley, Hawley, Heatley, Ratley, Haley

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Where is the Hatley family from?

You can see how Hatley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hatley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hatley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Hatley families living in Tennessee. This was about 43% of all the recorded Hatley's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Hatley families in 1840.
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What did your Hatley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hatley. 24% of Hatley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hatley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hatley were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housework
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Hatley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Hatley. For the veterans among your Hatley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hatley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hatley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hatley in 1944 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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