Risley Family History

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Risley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Risley in Derbyshire and Lancashire or Riseley in Bedfordshire and Berkshire, all so named from Old English hris ‘brushwood’ + leah ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Riley, Ridley, Ripley, Brisley, Grimley, Willey, Tilley, Brimley

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Risley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Risley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Risley. 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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Risley Family Origin

Where is the Risley family from?

Risley Family Occupations

What did your Risley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Risley family was Ag Lab Teamsman. The most common Risley occupation in the UK was Carman. 9% of Risley's were Carmans. Carman, Gen Lab and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Risley.

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  • Carman

  • Gen Lab

  • Grocer

  • Ag Lab Teamsman


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

Risley Historical Records

What Risley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Risley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Risley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Risley. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Risley. For the veterans among your Risley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Risley Life Expectancy

What is the average Risley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Risley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Risley in 1945 was 49, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Risley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Risley 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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