Motley Family History

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Motley Name Meaning

English: probably a nickname for someone who wore parti-colored clothes, from Middle English motteley ‘motley’.

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


Similar surnames: Notley, Morley, Medley, Manley, Motte, Coley, Mottley, Mosley, Hatley

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Motley Family Origin

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Motley Family Occupations

What did your Motley ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    51%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Motley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Motley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Motley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motley 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Motley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Motley. For the veterans among your Motley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Motley Life Expectancy

What is the average Motley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Motley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Motley in 1944 was 25, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Motley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Motley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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