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Hesley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Hesley Hall in Harworth (Nottinghamshire) or Hesley Hall in Ecclesfield (Yorkshire). The Nottinghamshire placename derives from Old English hæsel ‘hazel’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ while the Yorkshire placename comes from Old Norse hestr ‘horse stallion’ + Old English lēah.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hemsley, Henley, Hensley, Heasley, Wesley, Chesley, Healey, Hedley

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Where is the Hesley family from?

You can see how Hesley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hesley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hesley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 45 Hesley families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Hesley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hesley families in 1891.
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What did your Hesley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, T and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hesley. 100% of Hesley men worked as a T and 82% of Hesley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • T
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    82%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    7%
  • Incapacitated
    7%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Hesley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hesley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 580 immigration records available for the last name Hesley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 620 military records available for the last name Hesley. For the veterans among your Hesley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hesley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Hesley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hesley in 1963 was 67, and 74 in 2004.

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