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Kirkley Name Meaning

English (northern especially Durham): habitational name from Kirkley (Suffolk) or Kirkley in Ponteland (Northumberland). The Suffolk placename derives from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Northumb placename derives from British crouco- ‘hill barrow’ + Old English hlāw ‘hill mound’.

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

Similar surnames: Bickley, Winkley, Finkley, Kinsley, Brinkley, Kirkeby, Kirksey

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Where is the Kirkley family from?

You can see how Kirkley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirkley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirkley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Kirkley families living in South Carolina. This was about 32% of all the recorded Kirkley's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Kirkley families in 1840.
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What did your Kirkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kirkley. 29% of Kirkley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Kirkley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirkley were Farm Laborer and Farmer. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Kirkley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirkley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirkley. 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 Kirkley. For the veterans among your Kirkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirkley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kirkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kirkley in 1947 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

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