Crawley Family History

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Crawley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places called Crawley, named with Old English crawe ‘crow’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Crowley. Probably also a reduced form of Irish McCrawley, an Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Raghallaigh ‘son of Raghallach’, also Anglicized as Magreely.

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

Similar surnames: Cowley, Crowley, Caley, Carley, Frawley, Charley, Radley, Cropley

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Crawley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Crawley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Crawley. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Crawley Family Origin

Where is the Crawley family from?

Crawley Family Occupations

What did your Crawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Crawley family was Farmer. The most common Crawley occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Crawley's were Labourers. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Crawley.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Crawley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Crawley Historical Records

What Crawley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 154,000 census records available for the last name Crawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Crawleycensus 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Crawley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Crawley. For the veterans among your Crawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Crawley Life Expectancy

What is the average Crawley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Crawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Crawley in 1944 was 26, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Crawley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Crawley 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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