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 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Smedley. 10% of Smedley men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Smedley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smedley were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Colliery Hewer
    6%
  • Dairy Farmer
    5%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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

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