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Cantley Family History

Cantley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Cantley, in Norfolk and South Yorkshire, named with an unattested Old English personal name Canta + leah ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Antley, Hartley, Caley, Bentley, Hanley, Manley, Batley, Hansley

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Where is the Cantley family from?

You can see how Cantley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cantley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cantley families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 17 Cantley families living in Yorkshire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Cantley's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Cantley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cantley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cantley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Cantley. 50% of Cantley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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 Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Cantley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cantley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cantley. For the veterans among your Cantley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cantley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cantley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cantley in 1945 was 44, and 70 in 2004.

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