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Onley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Onley or Olney in Northamptonshire, possibly also from Onneley in Staffordshire. Like Olney, Onley was named in Old English as ‘lonely (ana, from an ‘one’) glade (leah)’; Onneley has the same second element, and possibly the same initial one, though this may alternatively have been a personal name, Onna.

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


Similar surnames: Osley, Oxley, Olney, Hanley, Tenley, Manley, Ogle, Ousley, Comley

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Where is the Onley family from?

You can see how Onley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Onley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Onley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Onley families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Onley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Onley families in 1840.
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What did your Onley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Onley. 34% of Onley men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Onley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Onley 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

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Labor
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    17%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • New Worker
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 867 immigration records available for the last name Onley. 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 Onley. For the veterans among your Onley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Onley lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Onley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Onley in 1948 was 31, and 79 in 2004.

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