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Seley Family History

Seley Name Meaning

Variant spelling of English Seeley.

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


Similar surnames: Sealey, Selvy, Selley, Eley, Soley, Selvey, Yeley, Beley, Sheley

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Where is the Seley family from?

You can see how Seley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Seley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Seley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Seley families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Seley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Seley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Seley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Seley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Seley. 20% of Seley men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Seley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Seley were Farming and Teacher.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Farming
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • New Worker
    34%
  • Teacher
    34%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Seley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Seley 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 488 immigration records available for the last name Seley. 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 702 military records available for the last name Seley. For the veterans among your Seley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Seley lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Seley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Seley in 1961 was 56, and 86 in 2004.

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