Smedley Family History

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Smedley Name Meaning

English (mainly Nottinghamshire): apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, perhaps so called from Old English smeðe ‘smooth’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Medley, Smalley, Studley, Shelley, Shepley, Smitley, Hedley, Pedley

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Smedley Family Origin

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Smedley Family Occupations

What did your Smedley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Smedley. A less common occupation for the Smedley family was Lace Maker. The most common Smedley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Smedley's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Lace Maker


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

Smedley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Smedley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smedley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Smedley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Smedley. For the veterans among your Smedley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Smedley Life Expectancy

What is the average Smedley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Smedley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Smedley in 1947 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Smedley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Smedley 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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