Handley Family History

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Handley Name Meaning

English (chiefly central and northern), Scottish, and Irish: variant of Hanley.

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

Similar surnames: Hanley, Handly, Chandley, Hundley, Hadley, Hendley, Randle, Hansley

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Handley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Handley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Handley Family Origin

Where is the Handley family from?

Handley Family Occupations

What did your Handley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Handley. The most common Handley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Handley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Handley family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Handley Historical Records

What Handley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Handley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Handley 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Handley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Handley. For the veterans among your Handley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Handley Life Expectancy

What is the average Handley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Handley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Handley in 1941 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Handley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Handley 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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