Beckley Family History

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Beckley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex, named Beckley, from the Old English byname Becca (see Beck 4) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. Altered spelling of the South German and Swiss topographic names Bächle, Bächli (see Bach 1).

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

Similar surnames: Buckley, Bickley, Checkley, Beckles, Reckley, Beckey, Beeley, Bexley

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Beckley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Beckley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Beckley Family Origin

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Beckley Family Occupations

What did your Beckley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Beckley occupation in Canada was Cotton Operatine. 50% of Beckley's were Cotton Operatines. A less common occupation for the Beckley family was Cooper. Cotton Operatine and Blacksmith Helper were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Beckley.

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  • Cotton Operatine

  • Blacksmith Helper

  • Cooper


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

Beckley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Beckley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beckley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Beckley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Beckley. For the veterans among your Beckley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Beckley Life Expectancy

What is the average Beckley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Beckley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Beckley in 1943 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Beckley 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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