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Pawley Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Pavilly in Seine-Maritime, which is named with the Gallo-Roman personal name Pavilius + the locative suffix -acum. English: from a pet form of Paul. Possibly an altered spelling of Pauli.

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

Similar surnames: Paley, Lawley, Powley, Padley, Tawney, Pasley, Fawley, Hawley, Barley

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Where is the Pawley family from?

You can see how Pawley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pawley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pawley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 189 Pawley families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Pawley's in the UK. London had the highest population of Pawley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pawley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pawley 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 Pawley. 20% of Pawley men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Pawley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pawley were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated.

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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
  • Gardener
  • Railway Porter
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pawley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Pawley. For the veterans among your Pawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pawley lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Pawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Pawley in 1946 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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