Exley Family History

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Exley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, near Halifax, so named from a British ecclesia name meaning ‘church’ (see Eccles) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. The surname is common in West Yorkshire. Americanized spelling of the German family name Öchsle, a diminutive of Ochs.

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

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

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Exley Family Origin

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Exley Family Occupations

What did your Exley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Exley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Exley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Woollen Weaver and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Exley. A less common occupation for the Exley family was Blanket Weaver.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Woollen Weaver

  • Annuitant

  • Blanket Weaver


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

Exley Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Exley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Exley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Exley 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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