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Wile Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a trapper or nickname for a devious man (see Wiles, of which this is the singular form). Perhaps an Americanized spelling of Weil.

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


Similar surnames: Wiles, Wise, Pile, Wilk, Wale, Wiler, File, Wire, Wild, Wible

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Where is the Wile family from?

You can see how Wile families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wile family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wile families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Wile families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Wile's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wile families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wile surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wile ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wile. 18% of Wile men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Wile women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wile were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Wile. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Wile. For the veterans among your Wile ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wile lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Wile life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Wile in 1955 was 51, and 78 in 2004.

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