Pilley Family History

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Pilley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places so named. One in southern Yorkshire is recorded as Pillei in Domesday Book and as Pillay in the late 12th century. It is probably from Old English pil ‘pile’, ‘post’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, i.e. a wood where timber for piles could be obtained. The other, in Hampshire, appears in Domesday Book as Piste(s)lei, but has later spellings resembling those for Pilley in Yorkshire, and may have the same etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Willey, Pixley, Tilley, Pille, Wigley, Pulley, Lilly, Iley, Paley

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Pilley Family Origin

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Pilley Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Pilley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Pilley's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pilley. A less common occupation for the Pilley family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Pilley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Pilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pilley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pilley. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Pilley. For the veterans among your Pilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pilley Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2003, in the United States, Pilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Pilley in 1951 was 46, and 80 in 2003.

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