Wansley Family History

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Wansley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Wansley in Devon, named with the Old English personal name Want + leah ‘woodland clearing’, or from Hutton Wandesley in North Yorkshire, named with an unattested Old English personal name (Wand or Wandel) + leah. The latter seems the more likely source, the surname having been concentrated in Lancashire in the late 19th century. Today there are few if any bearers of the surname in the U.K.

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

Similar surnames: Ansley, Hansley, Tansley, Hensley, Winkley, Worsley, Walkley, Hanley

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Wansley Family Origin

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Wansley Family Occupations

What did your Wansley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wansley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Wansley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wansley family was Boatsman. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wansley.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Boatsman


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

Wansley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Wansley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wansley 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 230 immigration records available for the last name Wansley. 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 774 military records available for the last name Wansley. For the veterans among your Wansley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wansley Life Expectancy

What is the average Wansley lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Wansley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wansley in 1950 was 51, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wansley

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