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Richley Family History

Richley Name Meaning

English (Northumberland and Durham): probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place possibly in the Newcastle area of northeastern England where the surname is now most concentrated. The name was later influenced by the French name Richelieu in the 18th century. Perhaps also an altered form of Swiss German Richle and Richli from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name based on rīc rīh ‘power(ful)’ (see Reich ).

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


Similar surnames: Richey, Richer, Ritchey, Reckley, Ridley, Brickley, Rickles, Ridgley

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Where is the Richley family from?

You can see how Richley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Richley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Richley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Richley families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Richley's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Richley families in 1840.
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What did your Richley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Richley. 28% of Richley men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Richley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Richley were Salesman and Secretary. .

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    50%
  • Teacher
    30%
  • Secretary
    20%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Richley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Richley 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 377 immigration records available for the last name Richley. 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 564 military records available for the last name Richley. For the veterans among your Richley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Richley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Richley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Richley in 1943 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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