Priestley Family History

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Priestley Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): habitational name from any of the various minor places so named, especially the one in North Yorkshire. These are named from Old English preost ‘priest’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, i.e. a wood or clearing belonging to the Church.

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


Similar surnames: Brierley, Risley, Preston, Priest, Brisley, Pressey, Grimley

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Priestley Family Origin

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Priestley Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Carpenter

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Printer

    6%

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

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Priestley Life Expectancy

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