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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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Where is the Wadley family from?

You can see how Wadley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wadley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wadley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 19 Wadley families living in New Hampshire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Wadley's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Wadley families in 1840.
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What did your Wadley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wadley. 24% of Wadley men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Wadley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wadley were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Laundress
    13%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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