Whaley Family History

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Whaley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Whaley in Derbyshire, Whalley in Lancashire, or Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire (formerly in Cheshire). The first is probably named with Old English wælla ‘spring’, ‘stream’ + leah ‘(woodland) clearing’. The second has as the first element Old English hwæl ‘round hill’, and the last has Old English weg ‘path’, ‘road’ as the first element, the second element in both cases also being leah.

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

Similar surnames: Whatley, Haley, Willey, Wheeley, Hanley, Harley, Whale, Hatley, Paley

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Whaley Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Whaley Family Origin

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Whaley Family Occupations

What did your Whaley ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Whaley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Whaley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whaley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Whaley. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Whaley. For the veterans among your Whaley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whaley Life Expectancy

What is the average Whaley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whaley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Whaley in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whaley 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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