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Windley Family History

Windley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Windley a place in Derbyshire named from Old English winn ‘pasture meadow’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Lindley, Winkley, Hindley, Windle, Willey, Ridley, Finkley, Woodley

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Where is the Windley family from?

You can see how Windley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Windley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Windley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 22 Windley families living in North Carolina. This was about 88% of all the recorded Windley's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Windley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Windley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Windley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Windley. 31% of Windley men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Windley women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Windley were Farm Laborer 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Domestic
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Windley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Windley 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 547 immigration records available for the last name Windley. 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 Windley. For the veterans among your Windley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Windley lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Windley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Windley in 1952 was 42, and 59 in 2004.

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