Sly Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): nickname for a cunning or crafty individual, from Middle English sligh ‘sly’ (earlier slegh, from Old Norse sl?gr).

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

Similar surnames: Bly, Say, Slay, Ely, Day, Bay, Hoy, Way, Slye, Fey

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Sly Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sly name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sly. 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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Sly Family Origin

Where is the Sly family from?

Sly Family Occupations

What did your Sly ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sly occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Sly's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sly family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sly.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Farm Laborer


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Sly Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Sly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sly 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sly. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Sly. For the veterans among your Sly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sly Life Expectancy

What is the average Sly lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Sly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sly in 1945 was 23, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sly 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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