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Polley Family History

Polley Name Meaning

English (Essex): variant spelling of Polly. French: variant of Pollet. Altered spelling of French Polly. Variant spelling of Poley.

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


Similar surnames: Colley, Palley, Poley, Polly, Tolley, Rolley, Pooley, Folley, Jolley

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Where is the Polley family from?

You can see how Polley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Polley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Polley families living in New York. This was about 51% of all the recorded Polley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Polley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Polley. 22% of Polley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Polley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polley were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Polley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Polley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Polley. For the veterans among your Polley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Polley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polley in 1942 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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