Kenley Family History

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Kenley Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McKenley, a variant of McKinley, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fionnlaigh. English: habitational name from places in Shropshire and Greater London (formerly Surrey), so named from the Old English personal name Cena + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Henley, Denley, Tenley, Keeley, Manley, Hanley, Hensley, Exley

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Kenley Family Origin

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Kenley Family Occupations

What did your Kenley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Kenley occupation in the UK was Laborer. 13% of Kenley's were Laborers. Laborer, Annuitant and Boiler Smith Ship Yard (Maker) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kenley. A less common occupation for the Kenley family was Fireman.

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  • Laborer

  • Annuitant

  • Boiler Smith Ship Yard (Maker)

  • Fireman


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

Kenley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Kenley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kenley 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 Kenley. 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 Kenley. For the veterans among your Kenley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kenley Life Expectancy

What is the average Kenley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kenley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Kenley in 1957 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kenley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kenley 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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