Paley Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): possibly a nickname for someone with pale or lustreless eyes, from Middle English pale ‘pale’ + eye ‘eye’. English: from an Old Scandinavian personal name, Old Danish Palli or Old Swedish Palle, probably originally an ethnic name meaning ‘Pole’. French: habitational name from a place in Seine-et-Marne, probably originally derived from Latin palus ‘post’, ‘stake’ + suffix -etum. Jewish (from Belarus), Belorussian, and Ukrainian: occupational name for a distiller, from an eastern Slavic word meaning ‘to burn’ (Russian palit, Ukrainian palyty) + the Slavic noun suffix -ej.

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


Similar surnames: Caley, Padley, Pawley, Palen, Pyle, Paler, Pacey, Sales, Pasley

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Paley Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Banker

    4%
  • Candy Store

    4%
  • Coal Business

    4%

In 1880, the most common Paley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Paley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Paley family was Coal Business. Farmer, Banker and Candy Store were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Paley.

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Between 1953 and 2004, Paley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Paley in 1953 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Paley

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