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Astley Family History

Astley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Warwickshire named Astley, from Old English east ‘east’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. There are several other places in western and northwestern England so named, but the modern surname seems to be particularly associated with the one in Warwickshire. See also Astle.

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


Similar surnames: Ashley, Astle, Antley, Ansley, Audley, Lashley, Akeley, Batley

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Where is the Astley family from?

You can see how Astley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Astley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Astley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 940 Astley families living in Lancashire. This was about 45% of all the recorded Astley's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Astley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Astley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Astley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Astley. 12% of Astley men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Astley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Astley were Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic.

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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

  • General Labourer
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Cotton Weaver
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Cotton Weaver
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Astley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Astley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Astley. 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 Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Astley. For the veterans among your Astley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Astley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Astley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Astley in 1941 was 38, and 60 in 2004.

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