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Pelley Family History

Pelley Surname Meaning

English: variant of Pelly . Hungarian: habitational name for someone from a place called Pele in Transylvania now part of Romania.

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

Similar surnames: Selley, Pulley, Helle, Melley, Penley, Peller, Pelle, Palley, Pelly

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Where is the Pelley family from?

You can see how Pelley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pelley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 33 Pelley families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Pelley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Pelley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pelley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pelley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Wood Machinist and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Pelley. 50% of Pelley men worked as a Wood Machinist and 75% of Pelley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelley were Labourer H M Dockyard and Household Duties (unpaid). .

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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

  • Wood Machinist
  • Labourer H M Dockyard

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Childrens Nurse
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Household Duties (unpaid)
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Pelley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelley 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 Pelley. 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 Pelley. For the veterans among your Pelley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelley lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Pelley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pelley in 1956 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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