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Pelley Family History

Pelley Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Pelly. Hungarian: habitational name for someone from a place called Pele in Transylvania, now part of Romania.

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


Similar surnames: Selley, Pulley, Helle, Melley, Penley, Peller, Pelle, Palley, Pelly

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Where is the Pelley family from?

You can see how Pelley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pelley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Pelley family living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Pelley's in the USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Pelley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pelley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pelley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pelley. 23% of Pelley men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Pelley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelley were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Operator
    8%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Pelley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelley 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 Pelley. 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 Pelley. For the veterans among your Pelley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelley lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Pelley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pelley in 1956 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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