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Smiley Family History

Smiley Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: of uncertain origin; probably a variant spelling of Smillie, but perhaps a habitational name, a variant of Smalley, or a nickname from Middle English smile ‘smile’, ‘grin’.

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


Similar surnames: Smiles, Wiley, Smitley, Riley, Iley, Mailey, Shiley, Miley, Briley

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Where is the Smiley family from?

You can see how Smiley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smiley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smiley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 60 Smiley families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 21% of all the recorded Smiley's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Smiley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smiley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smiley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Smiley. 17% of Smiley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Smiley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smiley were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Smiley. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Smiley. For the veterans among your Smiley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smiley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Smiley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Smiley in 1942 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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