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Matley Family History

Matley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places called Matley, in particular Matley in Greater Manchester, Matley Heath and Matley Wood in Hampshire, or Matley Moor in Derbyshire.

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


Similar surnames: Marley, Mailey, Hatley, Manley, Ratley, Oatley, Hanley, Batley, Matey

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Where is the Matley family from?

You can see how Matley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Matley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Matley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Matley families living in Alabama. This was about 29% of all the recorded Matley's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Matley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Matley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Matley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Matley. 25% of Matley men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Matley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Matley were Farm Laborer 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
    25%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Matley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Matley 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 743 immigration records available for the last name Matley. 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 931 military records available for the last name Matley. For the veterans among your Matley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Matley lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Matley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Matley in 1960 was 76, and 78 in 2004.

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