Lawley Family History

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Lawley Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): habitational name from Lawley in Shropshire, named in Old English as ‘Lafa’s wood’, from a personal name Lafa (from laf ‘remnant’, ‘survivor’) + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’.

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

Similar surnames: Hawley, Fawley, Pawley, Manley, Barley, Batley, Hanley, Loxley

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Lawley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lawley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lawley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Lawley Family Origin

Where is the Lawley family from?

Lawley Family Occupations

What did your Lawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Lawley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Lawley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Lawley family was Coal Miner. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lawley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lawley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lawley Historical Records

What Lawley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Lawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawley. 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 Card

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

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Lawley Life Expectancy

What is the average Lawley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Lawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lawley in 1953 was 25, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lawley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lawley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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