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Besley Surname Meaning

English: southern variant of Beasley .

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

Similar surnames: Beesley, Beley, Berley, Beasley, Beeley, Bexley, Bosley, Bewley

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Where is the Besley family from?

You can see how Besley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Besley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Besley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 27 Besley families living in Ontario. This was about 84% of all the recorded Besley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Besley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Besley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Besley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Besley. 47% of Besley men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Painter
  • Labourer
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Besley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Besley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Besley. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Besley. For the veterans among your Besley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Besley lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Besley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Besley in 1962 was 86, and 90 in 2004.

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