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Medley Family History

Medley Surname Meaning

English: variant of Methley a habitational name from Methley (Yorkshire). The placename may derive from Old English middel ‘middle’ replaced by the Old Norse cognate methal + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’ or ēg ‘island’ or from Old English mǣth ‘mowing the cutting of grass or corn’ + lēah. Topography suggests that Old English middel + ēg is the most likely origin.

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


Similar surnames: Pedley, Hedley, Manley, Madeley, Smedley, Medler, Godley, Tenley

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Where is the Medley family from?

You can see how Medley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Medley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Medley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 492 Medley families living in Yorkshire. This was about 42% of all the recorded Medley's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Medley families in 1891.
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What did your Medley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Medley. 14% of Medley men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Medley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Medley were Cotton Weaver and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Cotton Weaver
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Household Duties
    2%
  • Cotton Weaver
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Medley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Medley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Medley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Medley. For the veterans among your Medley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Medley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Medley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Medley in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

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