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Lawley Family History

Lawley Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): habitational name from Lawley in Shropshire, named in Old English as ‘Lafa’s wood’, from a personal name Lafa (from laf ‘remnant’, ‘survivor’) + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’.

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


Similar surnames: Hawley, Fawley, Pawley, Manley, Barley, Batley, Hanley, Loxley

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Where is the Lawley family from?

You can see how Lawley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lawley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lawley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 448 Lawley families living in Staffordshire. This was about 24% of all the recorded Lawley's in the UK. Staffordshire had the highest population of Lawley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lawley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lawley 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 Lawley. 11% of Lawley men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Lawley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawley were Farmer and Unpaid Domestic.

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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
    11%
  • Dairy Farmer
    5%
  • Iron Moulder
    5%
  • Farmer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Lawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Lawley. For the veterans among your Lawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lawley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Lawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lawley in 1953 was 25, and 73 in 2004.

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