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Lindley Name Meaning

English: habitational name chiefly from two places in Yorkshire called Lindley one near Otley and another near Huddersfield. In other parts of England it may be from any of the places called Lindley in Leicestershire or Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire. The Wiltshire Shropshire and Huddersfield names derive from līn ‘flax’ + lēah ‘wood glade’. The Otley and Leicestershire names derive from lind ‘lime’ + lēah ‘wood’. Possibly also a topographic name for someone residing near a lime-wood or a clearing where flax was grown. German: topographic name from Lindle or Lindlein for someone living near a small linden (lime tree) stand.

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


Similar surnames: Linde, Hindley, Lindsey, Windley, Lindle, Langley, Linder, Ridley

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Where is the Lindley family from?

You can see how Lindley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lindley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lindley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 39 Lindley families living in Indiana. This was about 25% of all the recorded Lindley's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Lindley families in 1840.
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What did your Lindley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lindley. 22% of Lindley men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Lindley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lindley were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Lindley. 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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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Lindley. For the veterans among your Lindley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lindley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lindley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lindley in 1942 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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