Woodley Family History

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Woodley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Woodleigh in Devon, Woodley in Berkshire, or some other place named with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + leah ‘clearing’, ‘pasture’.

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


Similar surnames: Woolley, Woosley, Pooley, Wadley, Bordley, Wortley, Bodley, Hoadley

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Woodley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Woodley name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    47%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    7%

  • Benin/Togo

    6%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

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Woodley Family Origin

Where is the Woodley family from?

Woodley Family Occupations

What did your Woodley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Woodley family was Shepherd. The most common Woodley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Woodley's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Woodley.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Bricklayer

    2%
  • Shepherd

    2%

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

Woodley Historical Records

What Woodley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Woodley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woodley 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 Woodley. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Woodley. For the veterans among your Woodley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Woodley Life Expectancy

What is the average Woodley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Woodley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Woodley in 1944 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Woodley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Woodley 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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