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Selley Name Meaning

(chiefly Devon) variant spelling of Sealey. habitational name from Selly Oak in Birmingham, named, like Shelley, from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Shelley, Seller, Willey, Selle, Pelley, Smedley, Hulley, Seley

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Where is the Selley family from?

You can see how Selley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Selley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Selley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Selley families living in Indiana. This was about 17% of all the recorded Selley's in the USA. Indiana and 3 other states had the highest population of Selley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Selley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Selley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Selley. 29% of Selley men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Selley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Selley were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    28%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Secretary
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Selley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Selley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Selley. For the veterans among your Selley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Selley lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Selley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Selley in 1962 was 84, and 87 in 2004.

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