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

What did your Priestley ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House

  • Printer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Priestley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Priestley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Priestley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Priestley 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Priestley. 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 Priestley. For the veterans among your Priestley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Priestley Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Priestley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Priestley in 1950 was 48, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Priestley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Priestley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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