Oley Family History

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Oley Name Meaning

German (Öley): occupational name for an oil merchant, from Middle High German oleier ‘oil miller’ (i.e. someone who extracted olive oil from olives), or from öl ‘oil’ + hey ‘administrator’, ‘ranger’. Compare Ohler.

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

Similar surnames: Ley, Bley, Kley, Poley, Klee, Boley, Eley, Soley, Iley, Coley

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Oley Family Origin

Where is the Oley family from?

Oley Family Occupations

What did your Oley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Oley family was Coalminer. The most common Oley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 17% of Oley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Auctioneer and Butcher (Master) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oley.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Auctioneer

  • Butcher (Master)

  • Coalminer


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

Oley Historical Records

What Oley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Oley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oley 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 512 immigration records available for the last name Oley. 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 739 military records available for the last name Oley. For the veterans among your Oley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oley Life Expectancy

What is the average Oley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Oley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Oley in 1949 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Oley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oley 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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