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Oakley Family History

Oakley Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): habitational name from any of numerous places called Oakley Oakle or Oakleigh in Bedfordshire Essex Gloucestershire Hampshire Kent Somerset Suffolk or Wiltshire. The placenames derive from Old English āc ‘oak’ + lēah ‘open woodland’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Oatley, Hanley, Akeley, Hatley, Manley, Ousley, Barley, Hockley

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Where is the Oakley family from?

You can see how Oakley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oakley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oakley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 160 Oakley families living in New York. This was about 52% of all the recorded Oakley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Oakley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oakley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oakley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oakley. 21% of Oakley men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Oakley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oakley were Truck Driver 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 209,000 census records available for the last name Oakley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oakley 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Oakley. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Oakley. For the veterans among your Oakley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oakley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Oakley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Oakley in 1941 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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