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Olley Family History

Olley Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): variant of Duley, without the preposition d’.

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


Similar surnames: Dolley, Otley, Rolley, Polley, Jolley, Colley, Tilley, Oxley, Folley

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Where is the Olley family from?

Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Olley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.
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What did your Olley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Olley. 19% of Olley men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Olley women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olley were Manager 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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Manager
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    50%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Teacher
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Olley. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Olley. For the veterans among your Olley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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