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Langley Family History

Langley Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English lang ‘long’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’; or a topographic name with the same meaning. English: from the Old Norse female personal name Langlíf, composed of the elements lang ‘long’ + líf ‘life’. Americanized spelling of French Langlais.

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

Similar surnames: Lindley, Hanley, Manley, Langner, Lawley, Hansley, Bagley, Hagley

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Where is the Langley family from?

You can see how Langley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Langley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Langley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,170 Langley families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Langley's in the UK. London had the highest population of Langley families in 1891.
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What did your Langley 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 Langley. 10% of Langley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Langley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Langley were Gardener and Housewife.

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Langley. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Langley. For the veterans among your Langley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Langley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Langley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Langley in 1944 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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