Ripley Family History

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Ripley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in different parts of England, named in Old English with ripel ‘strip of land’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Ridley, Riley, Risley, Willey, Shipley, Tilley, Brimley, Iley

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Ripley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ripley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ripley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Ripley Family Origin

Where is the Ripley family from?

Ripley Family Occupations

What did your Ripley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ripley family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ripley. The most common Ripley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Ripley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


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

Ripley Historical Records

What Ripley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 100,000 census records available for the last name Ripley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ripley 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Ripley. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Ripley. For the veterans among your Ripley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ripley Life Expectancy

What is the average Ripley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ripley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ripley in 1944 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ripley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ripley 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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