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Alley Family History

Alley Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Ally Alli as forms such as Johannes filius Alli (Norfolk 1205) make clear. It may be a pet form of Alexander Alan Alice or Alison or a survival of Old Danish Alli Old Swedish Alle found as Alli in the Domesday Book. In some cases also an altered form of French Hallé (see Halle ) or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. Variant of Allee 2 a surname of French origin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Galley, Halley, Alvey, Manley, Axley, Salley, Valley, Apley, Allen

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Where is the Alley family from?

You can see how Alley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 143 Alley families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Alley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Alley families in 1891.
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What did your Alley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Alley. 19% of Alley men worked as a Labourer and 76% of Alley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alley were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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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 1939

  • Labourer
    19%
  • General Labourer
    19%
  • Carpenter
    13%
  • Bricklayer
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Domestic Duties
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    3%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Alley. 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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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Alley. For the veterans among your Alley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Alley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Alley in 1940 was 37, and 71 in 2004.

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