Medley Family History

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Medley Name Meaning

habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’. nickname for an aggressive person, from Middle English, Old French medlee ‘combat’, ‘conflict’ (Late Latin misculata).

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


Similar surnames: Pedley, Hedley, Manley, Madeley, Smedley, Medler, Godley, Tenley

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Medley Family Origin

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Medley Family Occupations

What did your Medley 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 Medley. 14% of Medley men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Medley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Medley were Cotton Weaver and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Cotton Weaver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Household Duties
    2%
  • Cotton Weaver
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Medley Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Medley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Medley. For the veterans among your Medley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Medley Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Medley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Medley in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

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