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Hockley Name Meaning

English (mainly Essex): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex and West Midlands. The former is so called from the Old English personal name Hocca or hocc ‘mallow’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; the latter from the personal name Hucca + hlaw ‘hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Lockley, Checkley, Howley, Shockley, Horsley, Hooley, Stockley

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Where is the Hockley family from?

You can see how Hockley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hockley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hockley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Hockley families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Hockley's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Hockley families in 1840.
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What did your Hockley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hockley. 31% of Hockley men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Hockley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hockley were Carpenter and Nurse.

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Machinist
    9%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Stenographer
    23%
  • Waitress
    23%
  • Nurse
    23%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hockley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Hockley. For the veterans among your Hockley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hockley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Hockley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Hockley in 1959 was 55, and 79 in 2004.

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