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Wrigley Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from Wrigley Head near Salford, the second element of which is presumably Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; the first may be a personal name or topographical term from Old English wrigian ‘to strive’, ‘to bend or turn’.

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


Similar surnames: Wigley, Willey, Ridley, Grimley, Riley, Ripley, Risley, Whitley

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Where is the Wrigley family from?

You can see how Wrigley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wrigley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wrigley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Wrigley families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wrigley's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wrigley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wrigley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wrigley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wrigley. 12% of Wrigley men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Wrigley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wrigley were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    12%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Wrigley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wrigley 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 Wrigley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Wrigley. For the veterans among your Wrigley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wrigley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Wrigley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wrigley in 1955 was 48, and 84 in 2004.

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