Staley Family History

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Staley Name Meaning

English: byname from Middle English staley ‘resolute’, ‘reliable’, a reduced form of Stallard. Belgian French: from Old French estalee ‘fish trap’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or topographic name for someone who lived near where fish traps were set.

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

Similar surnames: Sale, Staple, Stables, Sales, Stanley, Paley, Stacey, Stapley, Staves

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Staley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Staley name?

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

Where is the Staley family from?

Staley Family Occupations

What did your Staley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Staley family was Carpenter. The most common Staley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Staley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Staley.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Staley Historical Records

What Staley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Staley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Staley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Staley. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Staley. For the veterans among your Staley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Staley Life Expectancy

What is the average Staley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Staley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Staley in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Staley 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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