History of your Surname
Get access to Palley family records.Start a free trial

Palley Family History

Palley Name Meaning

Swiss French: from Old French palet, a term with a variety of meanings, any of which could have contributed to the surname: ‘post’, ‘paling’; ‘military exercise’; it also denoted an item of head armor. Variant spelling of Paley.

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


Similar surnames: Galley, Polley, Paley, Salley, Gulley, Pulley, Pelley, Pilley, Alley

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Palley family from?

You can see how Palley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Palley families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Palley families living in Tennessee. This was about 50% of all the recorded Palley's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Palley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palley. 18% of Palley men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Palley women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palley were Operator and Shoe Worker.

View Census data for Palley | Data not to scale

*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
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    23%
  • New Worker
    19%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Shoe Worker
    8%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Palley family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Palley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Palley

Passenger Lists

There are 654 immigration records available for the last name Palley. 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.

View all Palley immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 299 military records available for the last name Palley. For the veterans among your Palley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Palley military records

You've only scratched the surface of Palley family history.

Discover More

What is the average Palley lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Palley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1967, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Palley in 1965 was 74, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Palley

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Palley family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial