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Swilley Family History

Swilley Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Possibly English: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Swalley, Twilley, Stilley, Swadley, Sibley, Billey, Wilsey, Willey

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Where is the Swilley family from?

You can see how Swilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Swilley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Swilley families living in Georgia. This was about 75% of all the recorded Swilley's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Swilley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Swilley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Swilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Swilley. 33% of Swilley men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Swilley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swilley were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Laundress
  • Seamstress
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Swilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swilley 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 176 immigration records available for the last name Swilley. 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 Swilley. For the veterans among your Swilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swilley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Swilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Swilley in 1947 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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