Henley Family History

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Henley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan (the weak dative case of heah ‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. Others, for example one near Ludlow in Shropshire, have as their first element Old English henn ‘hen’, ‘wild bird’. Others still, for example those in Somerset and Surrey, are ambiguous between the two possibilities. In Ireland, Henley is used for Hennelly, and sometimes for Hanley. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Henle.

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

Similar surnames: Hanley, Healey, Hensley, Hesley, Kenley, Hedley, Tenley, Henney

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Henley Family Origin

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Henley Family Occupations

What did your Henley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Henley family was Carpenter. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Henley. The most common Henley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Henley's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


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Henley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Henley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Henley 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Henley. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Henley. For the veterans among your Henley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Henley Life Expectancy

What is the average Henley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Henley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Henley in 1944 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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