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Elley Surname Meaning

English: variant of Ely or Ella .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Elles, Eley, Ellen, Alley, Jelley, Tilley, Eales, Coley, Ealey

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Where is the Elley family from?

You can see how Elley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 67 Elley families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Elley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Elley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Elley. 24% of Elley men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Elley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elley were Colliery Engineman and Home 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 Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    24%
  • Shipwright
    16%
  • Builders Labourer
    16%
  • Colliery Engineman
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    82%
  • Domestic Duties
    5%
  • Retired
    3%
  • Home Duties
    3%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Elley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elley 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 842 immigration records available for the last name Elley. 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 807 military records available for the last name Elley. For the veterans among your Elley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Elley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Elley in 1963 was 73, and 78 in 2004.

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