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Hesley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hesley Hall in Harworth (Nottinghamshire) or Hesley Hall in Ecclesfield (Yorkshire). The Nottinghamshire placename derives from Old English hæsel ‘hazel’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ while the Yorkshire placename comes from Old Norse hestr ‘horse stallion’ + Old English lēah.

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


Similar surnames: Hemsley, Henley, Hensley, Heasley, Wesley, Chesley, Healey, Hedley

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Where is the Hesley family from?

You can see how Hesley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hesley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hesley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Hesley families living in Indiana. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hesley's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Hesley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hesley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hesley. 26% of Hesley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Hesley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hesley were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    26%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Secretary
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Hesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hesley 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 580 immigration records available for the last name Hesley. 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 620 military records available for the last name Hesley. For the veterans among your Hesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hesley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Hesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hesley in 1963 was 67, and 74 in 2004.

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