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Melley Family History

Melley Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Melly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meallaigh ‘descendant of Meallach’ a personal name based on meall ‘pleasant’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Malley, Melloy, Jelley, Kelley, Munley, Meller, Manley, Mealey

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Where is the Melley family from?

You can see how Melley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Melley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 27 Melley families living in Worcestershire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Melley's in United Kingdom. Worcestershire had the highest population of Melley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Melley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Melley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Melley. 38% of Melley men worked as a General Labourer and 100% of Melley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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
  • Foreman Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Melley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Melley. 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 558 military records available for the last name Melley. For the veterans among your Melley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Melley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Melley in 1959 was 56, and 73 in 2004.

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