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Henley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Henley for example in Surrey Oxfordshire Somerset Warwickshire Shropshire and Suffolk. Most of the placenames derive from Old English hēan the weak dative form of hēah ‘high’ (originally used after a preposition and an article) + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. However some including the one in Shropshire come from Old English henn ‘hen wild bird’ + lēah. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIonnghaile from a variant (without initial F-) of the personal name Fionnghal which gave rise to Ó Fionnghaile (see Fennell ). Possibly an Americanized form of German Henle .

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

Similar surnames: Hanley, Healey, Hensley, Hesley, Kenley, Hedley, Tenley, Henney

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Where is the Henley family from?

You can see how Henley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Henley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Henley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Henley families living in Tennessee. This was about 22% of all the recorded Henley's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Henley families in 1840.
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What did your Henley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Henley. 20% of Henley men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Henley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Henley were Carpenter and Seamstress. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Henley. 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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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Henley. For the veterans among your Henley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Henley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Henley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Henley in 1944 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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