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Presley Family History

Presley Name Meaning

English: variant of Priestley. Americanized form of German Pressler.

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


Similar surnames: Pressley, Pressly, Presler, Chesley, Preslar, Kressley, Frensley

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Where is the Presley family from?

You can see how Presley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Presley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Presley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Presley families living in Tennessee. This was about 19% of all the recorded Presley's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Presley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Presley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Presley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Presley. 24% of Presley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Presley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Presley were Farm Laborer and Maid. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Truck Driver
    3%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Presley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Presley 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 Presley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Presley. For the veterans among your Presley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Presley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Presley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Presley in 1942 was 55, and 73 in 2004.

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