Wadley Family History

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Wadley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Berkshire named Wadley, from Old English wad ‘woad’ or the personal name Wada + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Wadley in Northumberland, which has the same derivation, appears not to have contributed significantly to the modern surname.

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


Similar surnames: Fadley, Padley, Badley, Hadley, Radley, Manley, Batley, Dudley

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Wadley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wadley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wadley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    53%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Wadley Family Origin

Where is the Wadley family from?

Wadley Family Occupations

What did your Wadley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wadley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Wadley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wadley. A less common occupation for the Wadley family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%
  • Farming

    3%

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

Wadley Historical Records

What Wadley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Wadley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wadleycensus 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wadley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Wadley. For the veterans among your Wadley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wadley Life Expectancy

What is the average Wadley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wadley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wadley in 1947 was 65, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wadley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wadley 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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