Manley Family History

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Manley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire, named in Old English as ‘common wood or clearing’, from (ge)m?ne ‘common’, ‘shared’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around these villages. English: nickname from Middle English mannly ‘manly’, ‘virile’, ‘brave’ (Old English mannlic, originally ‘man-like’). Irish (County Cork): Anglicized form of Ó Máinle (and often pronounced Mauly), of unexplained origin. Compare Malley. Irish (Connacht and Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maonghaile ‘descendant of Maonghal’, a personal name derived from words meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘valor’.

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


Similar surnames: Hanley, Marley, Maney, Mander, Paley, Munley, Batley, Maley, Magley

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Manley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Manley name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    49%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    22%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    3%

  • Norway

    2%

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Manley Family Origin

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Manley Family Occupations

What did your Manley ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Manley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 164,000 census records available for the last name Manley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Manley 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Manley. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Manley. For the veterans among your Manley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Manley Life Expectancy

What is the average Manley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Manley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Manley in 1940 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

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