Hedley Family History

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Hedley Name Meaning

habitational name from places in County Durham and Northumberland, so named from Old English h?ð ‘heathland’, ‘heather’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. variant spelling of Headley.

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

Similar surnames: Headley, Hadley, Henley, Healey, Hesley, Medley, Pedley, Shelley

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Hedley Family Origin

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Hedley Family Occupations

What did your Hedley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Hedley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 10% of Hedley's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Hedley family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hedley.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Hedley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Hedley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hedley 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Hedley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Hedley. For the veterans among your Hedley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hedley Life Expectancy

What is the average Hedley lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Hedley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hedley in 1952 was 49, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hedley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hedley 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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