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Pedley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Pedley in Prestbury (Cheshire) Pedley Wood in Clophill (Bedfordshire) Pidley part of Pidley cum Fenton (Huntingdonshire) or Pedley Barton in East Worlington (Devon). The Cheshire placename derives from the Old English personal name Pēoda or Pedda Pædda + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Bedfordshire and Devon placename probably derives from an Old English personal name Pydda + lēah. The Huntingdonshire placename may have the same etymology as the Bedfordshire placename or may alternatively derive from Old English pidele ‘fen marshland’.

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

Similar surnames: Medley, Padley, Hedley, Dudley, Badley, Bodley, Webley, Godley, Paley

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Where is the Pedley family from?

You can see how Pedley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pedley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pedley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 441 Pedley families living in Staffordshire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Pedley's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Pedley families in 1891.
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What did your Pedley 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 Pedley. 19% of Pedley men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Pedley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pedley were Railway Clerk and Domestic Servant. .

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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
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Retired
  • Railway Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Pedley. For the veterans among your Pedley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pedley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Pedley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Pedley in 1957 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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