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Philley Family History

Philley Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a pet form of the personal name Philip.

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


Similar surnames: Hille, Dilley, Tilley, Pilley, Hilley, Pille, Halley, Hillen, Phillip

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Where is the Philley family from?

You can see how Philley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Philley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Philley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Philley families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Philley's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Philley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Philley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Philley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Philley. 22% of Philley men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Philley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Philley were Clerk and Cook.

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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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Carpenter
    16%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    31%
  • Housekeeper
    24%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Cook
    16%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Philley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Philley 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 135 immigration records available for the last name Philley. 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 Philley. For the veterans among your Philley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Philley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Philley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Philley in 1953 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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