Kerley Family History

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Kerley Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German and Swiss Kehrli or Kerle, a variant of Kerl. Irish: variant spelling of Curley (see McCurley).

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

Similar surnames: Kealey, Keeley, Kirley, Berley, Werley, Kelley, Perley, Remley

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Kerley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kerley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kerley. 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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Kerley Family Origin

Where is the Kerley family from?

Kerley Family Occupations

What did your Kerley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Blacksmith and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kerley. The most common Kerley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Kerley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Kerley family was Bricklayer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Blacksmith

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer


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

Kerley Historical Records

What Kerley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Kerley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kerley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kerley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Kerley. For the veterans among your Kerley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kerley Life Expectancy

What is the average Kerley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kerley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kerley in 1944 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kerley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kerley 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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