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Hawley Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Hawley. One in Kent is named with Old English halig ‘holy’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, and would therefore have once been the site of a sacred grove. One in Hampshire has as its first element Old English h(e)all ‘hall’, ‘manor’, or healh ‘nook’, ‘corner of land’. However, the surname is common in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, and may principally derive from a lost place near Sheffield named Hawley, from Old Norse haugr ‘mound’ + Old English leah ‘clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Howley, Fawley, Halley, Hadley, Hanley, Harley, Haley, Hatley, Hagley

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Where is the Hawley family from?

You can see how Hawley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hawley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hawley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 246 Hawley families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Hawley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hawley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hawley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hawley. 14% of Hawley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hawley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hawley 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
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Hawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hawley 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Hawley. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Hawley. For the veterans among your Hawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hawley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hawley in 1940 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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