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Saley Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): variant of Sawley probably a habitational name from Sawley (Yorkshire) near Clitheroe in Lancashire since it was in this area that the modern name chiefly ramified. However Sawley near Ripon (Yorkshire) and Sawley (Derbyshire) also gave rise to surnames in the medieval period. The Yorkshire placenames derive from Old English salh ‘willow sallow’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ while the Derbyshire placename comes from Old English salh + hlāw ‘mound hill’. Compare Sall . French (northern): variant of Salley . Americanized form of Slovenian Šalej: from a pet form of the old personal name Šalamon (see Salamon ) or a nickname from šaliti se ‘to joke to jest’. It is formed with the dialect diminutive suffix -ej.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Soley, Sabey, Saler, Galey, Sales, Staley, Paley, Seley, Rasey, Baley

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Where is the Saley family from?

You can see how Saley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 8 Saley families living in New York. This was about 62% of all the recorded Saley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Saley families in 1840.
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What did your Saley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Saley. 28% of Saley men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Saley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saley were Farming and Clerk. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Painter
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 670 immigration records available for the last name Saley. 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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There are 527 military records available for the last name Saley. For the veterans among your Saley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saley lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Saley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Saley in 1956 was 69, and 69 in 2004.

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