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Padley Family History

Padley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Padley in Derbyshire or Padley Common in Devon. The place in Derbyshire was named probably with the Old English personal name Padda + leah ‘glade’, ‘woodland clearing’. Alternatively, the first element may have been padde ‘toad’.

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

Similar surnames: Pedley, Hadley, Fadley, Wadley, Badley, Radley, Paley, Pawley, Manley

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Where is the Padley family from?

You can see how Padley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Padley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Padley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Padley families living in New York. This was about 67% of all the recorded Padley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Padley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Padley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Padley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Padley. 35% of Padley men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Padley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Padley were Manager and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Padley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Padley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Padley. 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 Padley. For the veterans among your Padley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Padley lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Padley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Padley in 1962 was 84, and 70 in 2004.

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