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Smitley Surname Meaning

English: variant of Smithley a habitational name from Smithley in the parish of Darfield South Yorkshire presumably named with Old English smith + lēah ‘clearing in a wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Smithey, Shipley, Whitley, Smedley, Smiley, Shirley, Titley, Smalley

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Where is the Smitley family from?

You can see how Smitley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smitley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Smitley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 10 Smitley families living in Staffordshire. This was about 45% of all the recorded Smitley's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Smitley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smitley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smitley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Smitley. 24% of Smitley men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Smitley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smitley were Attendant and Home. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Attendant

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Seamstress
  • Home
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There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Smitley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smitley 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 89 immigration records available for the last name Smitley. 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 953 military records available for the last name Smitley. For the veterans among your Smitley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smitley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Smitley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Smitley in 1953 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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