Idle Family History

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Idle Name Meaning

Welsh: from the Welsh personal name Ith(a)el, Old Welsh Iudhail ‘bountiful lord’. English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, which is probably named with a derivative of Old English idel ‘unused ground’, ‘patch of waste land’. English: derogatory nickname from Middle English idel ‘idle’, ‘indolent’, ‘useless’, ‘worthless’, ‘devoid of good works’.

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

Similar surnames: Idler, Ihle, Sole, Ingle, Hole, Hindle, Ide, Hille, Gole, Lile

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Idle Family Origin

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Idle Family Occupations

What did your Idle 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 Idle. 20% of Idle men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Idle women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Idle were Agricultural Worker and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Glass Bottle Sorter
  • Boot shoe Lasting Room
  • Agricultural Worker

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated

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

Idle Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Idle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Idle 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 693 immigration records available for the last name Idle. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Idle. For the veterans among your Idle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Idle Life Expectancy

What is the average Idle lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Idle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Idle in 1963 was 71, and 90 in 2004.

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