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Olney Family History

Olney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Olney in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The former is named in Old English as Ollaneg ‘island of a man called Olla’; the latter is from Old English ana ‘one’, ‘single’, ‘solitary’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, with later metathesis of -nl- to -ln-.

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


Similar surnames: Onley, Iley, Dolney, Oxley, Corney, Olsen, Gosney, Alvey, Arney

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Where is the Olney family from?

You can see how Olney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Olney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 53 Olney families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Olney's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Olney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Olney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Olney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Olney. 18% of Olney men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Olney women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olney were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

There are 43,000 census records available for the last name Olney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olney 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Olney. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Olney. For the veterans among your Olney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Olney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Olney in 1944 was 24, and 78 in 2004.

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