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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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Onley Family Origin

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Onley Family Occupations

What did your Onley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farm Hand and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Onley. A less common occupation for the Onley family was Oysterman. The most common Onley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Onley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Farm Hand

    9%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Oysterman

    9%

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Onley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Onley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Onley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 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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Draft Card

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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Onley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Onley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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