Idle Name Meaning

Welsh: from the Welsh personal name Ith(a)el, Old Welsh Iudhail ‘bountiful lord’. English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, which is probably named with a derivative of Old English idel ‘unused ground’, ‘patch of waste land’. English: derogatory nickname from Middle English idel ‘idle’, ‘indolent’, ‘useless’, ‘worthless’, ‘devoid of good works’.

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

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Idle Family Origin

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Idle Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    52%
  • Keeping House

    13%
  • Carpenter

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Idle family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Idle. The most common Idle occupation in the USA was Farmer. 52% of Idle's were Farmers.

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Idle Historical Records

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Idle Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1963 and 2004, Idle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Idle in 1963 was 71, and 90 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Idle

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