Kirkley Family History

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Kirkley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kirkley in Northumberland, found in early records as Crekellawe. The element Crekel is from Celtic crug ‘hill’ + Old English hyll ‘hill’, to which the tautologous addition (Old English hla ‘hill’, ‘mound’) was later made. There is also a Kirkley in Suffolk, named from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’, which may also have contributed to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Bickley, Winkley, Finkley, Kinsley, Brinkley, Kirkeby, Kirksey

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Kirkley Family Origin

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Kirkley Family Occupations

What did your Kirkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Annuitant and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kirkley. A less common occupation for the Kirkley family was Lodging House Keeper. The most common Kirkley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Kirkley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Coal Miner

  • Lodging House Keeper


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Kirkley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Kirkley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirkley 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 Kirkley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Kirkley. For the veterans among your Kirkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kirkley Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kirkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kirkley in 1947 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

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