History of your Surname
Get access to Ratley family records.Start a free trial

Ratley Family History

Ratley Name Meaning

Perhaps an English habitational name from Ratley in Warwickshire, named with Old English rot ‘pleasant’, or a personal name, Rota, + leah ‘clearing in a wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Hatley, Batley, Radley, Oatley, Hanley, Manley, Matley, Gateley

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Ratley family from?

You can see how Ratley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ratley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ratley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Ratley families living in North Carolina. This was about 57% of all the recorded Ratley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Ratley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ratley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ratley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ratley. 38% of Ratley men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Ratley women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ratley were Carpenter and Laundress.

View Census data for Ratley | Data not to scale

*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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Labor
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Laundress
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Ratley family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Ratley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ratley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Ratley

Passenger Lists

There are 376 immigration records available for the last name Ratley. 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.

View all Ratley immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 940 military records available for the last name Ratley. For the veterans among your Ratley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Ratley military records

You've only scratched the surface of Ratley family history.

Discover More

What is the average Ratley lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Ratley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Ratley in 1960 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ratley

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Ratley family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial