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Wesley Family History

Wesley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called with the Old English elements west ‘west’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’ as for example Westley in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and Westleigh in Devon and Greater Manchester.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hesley, Webley, Willey, Hensley, Exley, Wheeley, Tenley, Ousley

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Where is the Wesley family from?

You can see how Wesley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wesley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wesley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Wesley families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Wesley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wesley families in 1840.
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What did your Wesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wesley. 23% of Wesley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Wesley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wesley were Salesman and Laundress. .

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Laundress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 95,000 census records available for the last name Wesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wesley 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wesley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Wesley. For the veterans among your Wesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wesley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wesley in 1944 was 23, and 67 in 2004.

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