Lindley Family History

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Lindley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places in West Yorkshire called Lindley, or from Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire, all named from Old English lin ‘flax’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, with epenthetic -d-, or from another Lindley in West Yorkshire (near Otley), named in Old English as ‘lime wood’, from lind ‘lime tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Lindley in Leicestershire probably also has this origin, and is a further possible source of the surname. German: habitational name from places in Bavaria and Hannover called Lindloh, meaning ‘lime grove’, or a topographic name with the same meaning (see Linde + Loh).

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

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

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Lindley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lindley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lindley. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Lindley Family Origin

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Lindley Family Occupations

What did your Lindley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lindley family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lindley. The most common Lindley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 51% of Lindley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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Lindley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Lindley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lindley 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 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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Draft Card

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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Lindley Life Expectancy

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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