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Midgley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places in West Yorkshire, or minor places in Cheshire, named in Old English as ‘midge glade’, from micg(e) ‘midge’ + leah ‘wood’; ‘clearing’, ‘glade’.

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

Similar surnames: Ridley, Medley, Wigley, Edgley, Madeley, Bingley, Tingley, Ridgley

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Where is the Midgley family from?

You can see how Midgley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Midgley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Midgley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Midgley family living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Midgley's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Midgley families in 1840.
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What did your Midgley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Midgley. 12% of Midgley men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Midgley women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Midgley were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Machinist
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Machine Operator
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Midgley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Midgley. For the veterans among your Midgley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Midgley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Midgley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Midgley in 1958 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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