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Oles Family History

Oles Name Meaning

Polish (Oles): from a pet form of the personal name Oleksander (see Alexander) or Oleksy (see Alexis). Hungarian (Öles): nickname for a strong or big man from öles ‘strong’, ‘well-built’.

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

Similar surnames: Olek, Ales, Les, Toles, Ries, Orel, Olen, Roles, Doles, Joles

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Where is the Oles family from?

You can see how Oles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oles family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Oles families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Oles families living in Ohio. This was about 31% of all the recorded Oles's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Oles families in 1840.
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What did your Oles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oles. 24% of Oles men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Oles women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oles were Proprietor and Nurse.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
  • Nurse
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Oles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oles 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 922 immigration records available for the last name Oles. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Oles. For the veterans among your Oles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oles lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Oles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Oles in 1949 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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