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Woodley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Woodleigh in Devon, Woodley in Berkshire, or some other place named with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + leah ‘clearing’, ‘pasture’.

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


Similar surnames: Woolley, Woosley, Pooley, Wadley, Bordley, Wortley, Bodley, Hoadley

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Where is the Woodley family from?

You can see how Woodley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Woodley families living in North Carolina. This was about 29% of all the recorded Woodley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Woodley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Woodley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Woodley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Woodley. 24% of Woodley men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Woodley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodley were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Woodley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woodley 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 Woodley. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Woodley. For the veterans among your Woodley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Woodley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Woodley in 1944 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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