Tapley Family History

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Tapley Name Meaning

English (Devon): habitational name from Tapeley in Devon, which Ekwall derives from Old English tæppa ‘peg’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, i.e. ‘wood where pegs are obtained’.

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

Similar surnames: Stapley, Apley, Tarpley, Hanley, Manley, Marley, Hatley, Tilley

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Tapley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tapley name?

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


  • France


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Tapley Family Origin

Where is the Tapley family from?

Tapley Family Occupations

What did your Tapley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Tapley family was Laundress. The most common Tapley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 10% of Tapley's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tapley.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Laundress


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

Tapley Historical Records

What Tapley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Tapley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tapley 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 Tapley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Tapley. For the veterans among your Tapley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tapley Life Expectancy

What is the average Tapley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Tapley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Tapley in 1945 was 26, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tapley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tapley 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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