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Willey Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places so named. Those in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; one in Devon probably has Old English wiðig ‘willow’ as the first element, while one in Surrey has Old English weoh ‘(pre-Christian) temple’. variant spelling of Willy 2.

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


Similar surnames: Tilley, Pilley, Wigley, Woolley, Lilly, Dilley, Wiley, Willy, Willen

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Where is the Willey family from?

You can see how Willey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 101 Willey families living in New Hampshire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Willey's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Willey families in 1840.
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What did your Willey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Willey. 17% of Willey men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Willey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willey were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 130,000 census records available for the last name Willey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willey 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Willey. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Willey. For the veterans among your Willey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Willey lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Willey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Willey in 1945 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

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