Ackley Family History

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Ackley Name Meaning

English: from any of various places named in Old English as ac leah ‘oak clearing’. Possible sources include Acle in Norfolk, Aykley in Durham, and Ackley Farm in Powys. Compare Oakley, which has the same origin. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Egli.

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

Similar surnames: Mackley, Rackley, Jackley, Eckley, Beckley, Acklin, Coley, Akeley

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Ackley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ackley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ackley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Ackley Family Origin

Where is the Ackley family from?

Ackley Family Occupations

What did your Ackley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ackley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 15% of Ackley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Ag Serv (Ag Lab) and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ackley. A less common occupation for the Ackley family was Bailiff (Farm).

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  • Coal Miner

  • Ag Serv (Ag Lab)

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Bailiff (Farm)


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Ackley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 43,000 census records available for the last name Ackley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ackley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ackley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Ackley. For the veterans among your Ackley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ackley Life Expectancy

What is the average Ackley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ackley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Ackley in 1940 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ackley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ackley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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