Wesley Family History

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Wesley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named with the Old English elements west ‘west’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, as for example Westley in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, and Westleigh in Devon and Greater Manchester.

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

Similar surnames: Hesley, Webley, Willey, Hensley, Exley, Wheeley, Tenley, Ousley

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Wesley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wesley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wesley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Wesley Family Origin

Where is the Wesley family from?

Wesley Family Occupations

What did your Wesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Laundress were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wesley. The most common Wesley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Wesley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Wesley family was Charwoman.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Laundress

  • Charwoman


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

Wesley Historical Records

What Wesley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 95,000 census records available for the last name Wesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wesley 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 Wesley. 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 Wesley. For the veterans among your Wesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wesley Life Expectancy

What is the average Wesley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wesley in 1944 was 23, and 67 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wesley 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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