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Hensley Family History

Hensley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hensley in East Worlington (Devon) from the Old English personal name Hēahmund (genitive Hēahmundes) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Hemsley, Henley, Hesley, Hansley, Hunsley, Insley, Heasley, Hanley

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Where is the Hensley family from?

You can see how Hensley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hensley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hensley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Hensley families living in North Carolina. This was about 16% of all the recorded Hensley's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Hensley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hensley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hensley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hensley. 21% of Hensley men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Hensley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hensley were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Miner
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Hensley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hensley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Hensley. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Hensley. For the veterans among your Hensley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hensley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hensley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hensley in 1941 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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