Smalley Family History

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Smalley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl ‘narrow’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Stanley, Smedley, Shelley, Marley, Stapley, Manley, Matley, Mailey

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Smalley Family Origin

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Smalley Family Occupations

What did your Smalley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Smalley occupation in the UK was Cotton Weaver. 5% of Smalley's were Cotton Weavers. A less common occupation for the Smalley family was Farmer. Cotton Weaver, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Smalley.

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  • Cotton Weaver

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Smalley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Smalley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smalley 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Smalley. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Smalley. For the veterans among your Smalley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Smalley Life Expectancy

What is the average Smalley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Smalley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Smalley in 1944 was 56, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Smalley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Smalley 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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