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Highley Family History

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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Where is the Highley family from?

You can see how Highley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Highley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Highley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 279 Highley families living in Yorkshire. This was about 54% of all the recorded Highley's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Highley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Highley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Highley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Highley. 32% of Highley men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Highley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Highley were Dairy Farmer and Private Means.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Painter decorator
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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