Eley Family History

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Eley Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Ely. German: from a short form of the personal name Eligius (see Loy).

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

Similar surnames: Kley, Ley, Emley, Iley, Ealey, Exley, Epley, Ely, Elsey, Eleby

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Eley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Eley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Eley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Eley Family Origin

Where is the Eley family from?

Eley Family Occupations

What did your Eley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Eley. The most common Eley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Eley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Eley family was Butcher.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Butcher


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

Eley Historical Records

What Eley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Eley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Eley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Eley. For the veterans among your Eley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Eley Life Expectancy

What is the average Eley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Eley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Eley in 1943 was 40, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Eley 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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