Hensley Family History

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Hensley Name Meaning

probably a habitational name from either of two places in Devon: Hensley in East Worlington, which is named with the Old English personal name Heahmund + Old English leah ‘(woodland) clearing’, or Hensleigh in Tiverton, which is named from Old English hengest ‘stallion’ (or the Old English personal name Hengest) + leah. possibly also a variant of Hemsley.

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

Similar surnames: Hemsley, Henley, Hesley, Hansley, Hunsley, Insley, Heasley, Hanley

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Hensley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hensley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hensley. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Hensley Family Origin

Where is the Hensley family from?

Hensley Family Occupations

What did your Hensley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Stone Mason, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hensley. A less common occupation for the Hensley family was Shipwright. The most common Hensley occupation in the UK was Stone Mason. 7% of Hensley's were Stone Masons.

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  • Stone Mason

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Shipwright


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

Hensley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Hensley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hensley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Hensley. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Hensley. For the veterans among your Hensley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hensley Life Expectancy

What is the average Hensley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hensley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hensley in 1941 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hensley 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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