Donelley Family History

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Donelley Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Donnelley, Donnelly, Dwelley, Dannelley, Mcnelley, Dolley, Donley

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Donelley Family Origin

Where is the Donelley family from?

Donelley Family Occupations

What did your Donelley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Donelley family was Labourer. Bricklayer, Coal Miner and General Lab were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donelley. The most common Donelley occupation in the UK was Bricklayer. 14% of Donelley's were Bricklayers.

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  • Bricklayer

  • Coal Miner

  • General Lab

  • Labourer


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

Donelley Historical Records

What Donelley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Donelley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donelley 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 152 immigration records available for the last name Donelley. 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 85 military records available for the last name Donelley. For the veterans among your Donelley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donelley Life Expectancy

What is the average Donelley lifespan?

Average Donelley life expectancy in 1973 was 73 years. This was higher than the general public life expectancy which was 70.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donelley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donelley 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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