Fairley Family History

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Fairley Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from one of several places named from Old English fæger ‘beautiful’ or fearn ‘fern’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Black associates the name in this spelling particularly with the barony of Fairley or Fairlie near Largs in Ayrshire.

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

Similar surnames: Farley, Fairey, Barley, Fadley, Varley, Darley, Gailey, Fawley

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Fairley Family Origin

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Fairley Family Occupations

What did your Fairley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Fairley. 3% of Fairley men worked as a General Labourer and 56% of Fairley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fairley were Motor Car Mechanic and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Automobile Engineer
  • Farmer
  • Motor Car Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Means

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Fairley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Fairley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fairley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fairley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Fairley. For the veterans among your Fairley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fairley Life Expectancy

What is the average Fairley lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Fairley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Fairley in 1948 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fairley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fairley 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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