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Exley Family History

Exley Surname Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from Exley in Southowram (Yorkshire) from British eglēs ‘Romano-British Christian church’ (from Latin ecclesia Greek ekklēsia ‘gathering assembly’) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Eccles . Americanized form of South German Oechsle .

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

Similar surnames: Emley, Oxley, Bexley, Axley, Boxley, Tenley, Huxley, Epley, Paley

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Where is the Exley family from?

You can see how Exley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Exley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Exley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,167 Exley families living in Yorkshire. This was about 83% of all the recorded Exley's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Exley families in 1891.
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What did your Exley 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 Exley. 16% of Exley men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Exley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Exley were Joiner and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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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
  • Window Cleaner
  • Bricklayer
  • Joiner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Exley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Exley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Exley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Exley. For the veterans among your Exley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Exley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Exley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Exley in 1955 was 69, and 78 in 2004.

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