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Polley Surname Meaning

English (mainly southeastern): variant of Pooley . German: variant of Poley . French (northern): variant of Pollet .

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

Similar surnames: Colley, Palley, Poley, Polly, Tolley, Rolley, Pooley, Folley, Jolley

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Where is the Polley family from?

You can see how Polley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Polley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 356 Polley families living in Essex. This was about 40% of all the recorded Polley's in United Kingdom. Essex had the highest population of Polley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Polley. 11% of Polley men worked as an Incapacitated and 69% of Polley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polley were Builders Labourer and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer
  • Lorry Driver
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Polley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Polley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Polley. For the veterans among your Polley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Polley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polley in 1942 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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