Salley Family History

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Salley Name Meaning

Possibly from the French personal name Charlet or Sarlet, pet forms of Charles. Alternatively a nickname based on French sale ‘dirty’. Variant of Sally.

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

Similar surnames: Salle, Galley, Salles, Alley, Talley, Palley, Halley, Gulley, Sales

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Salley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Salley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Salley Family Origin

Where is the Salley family from?

Salley Family Occupations

What did your Salley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Salley family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Salley. The most common Salley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Salley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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

Salley Historical Records

What Salley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Salley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Salley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Salley. For the veterans among your Salley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Salley Life Expectancy

What is the average Salley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Salley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Salley in 1953 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Salley 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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