Highley Family History

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Highley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places so called, for example one in Shropshire, which was named in Old English as ‘Hugga’s woodland clearing’, from an unattested personal name + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’.

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

Similar surnames: Hughley, Keighley, Wigley, Hindley, Hagley, Hockley, Huxley, Hensley

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Highley Family Origin

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Highley Family Occupations

What did your Highley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Cotton Weaver, Wire Drawer and Hammerman (Iron) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Highley. A less common occupation for the Highley family was Butcher. The most common Highley occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 7% of Highley's were Cotton Weavers.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Wire Drawer

  • Hammerman (Iron)

  • Butcher


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

Highley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Highley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Highley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Highley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Highley. For the veterans among your Highley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Highley Life Expectancy

What is the average Highley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Highley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Highley in 1941 was 66, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Highley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Highley 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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