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Kenley Name Meaning

Scottish: shortened form of a variant of McKinley . English: habitational name from any of the places in Shropshire and Greater London (formerly Surrey) so named from the Old English personal name Cēna + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Henley, Denley, Tenley, Keeley, Manley, Hanley, Hensley, Exley

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Where is the Kenley family from?

You can see how Kenley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kenley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kenley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Kenley families living in Tennessee. This was about 16% of all the recorded Kenley's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Kenley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kenley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kenley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kenley. 23% of Kenley men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Kenley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kenley were Operator and Saleslady. .

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Operator
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Maid
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kenley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kenley. For the veterans among your Kenley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kenley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kenley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Kenley in 1957 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

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