Shelley Family History

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Shelley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Sussex, Suffolk, Essex, and West Yorkshire, all so named from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Shepley, Selley, Smedley, Halley, Sherley, Shatley, Helle, Selle

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Shelley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shelley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shelley. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Shelley Family Origin

Where is the Shelley family from?

Shelley Family Occupations

What did your Shelley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shelley. A less common occupation for the Shelley family was Grocer. The most common Shelley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Shelley's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Grocer


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

Shelley Historical Records

What Shelley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 110,000 census records available for the last name Shelley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shelley 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Shelley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Shelley. For the veterans among your Shelley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shelley Life Expectancy

What is the average Shelley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Shelley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shelley in 1944 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shelley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shelley 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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