Oakley Family History

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Oakley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in southern and central England named with the Old English elements ac ‘oak’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Oatley, Hanley, Akeley, Hatley, Manley, Ousley, Barley, Hockley

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Oakley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Oakley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Oakley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Oakley Family Origin

Where is the Oakley family from?

Oakley Family Occupations

What did your Oakley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oakley. A less common occupation for the Oakley family was Farmer. The most common Oakley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Oakley's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Oakley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Oakley Historical Records

What Oakley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 209,000 census records available for the last name Oakley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oakley 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Oakley. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Oakley. For the veterans among your Oakley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oakley Life Expectancy

What is the average Oakley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Oakley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Oakley in 1941 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Oakley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oakley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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