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Betley Family History

Betley Surname Meaning

English:: habitational name from either of two places in Staffordshire and Sussex named Betley from an Old English female personal name Bette + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. variant of Beatley . variant of Batley .

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


Similar surnames: Bentley, Beeley, Batley, Bexley, Tetley, Berley, Hatley, Boxley

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Where is the Betley family from?

You can see how Betley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Betley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Betley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 2 Betley families living in Ontario. This was 100% of all the recorded Betley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Betley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Betley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Betley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Betley. 31% of Betley men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Betley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Betley were Machinist and Stitcher. .

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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
    31%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Farm Hand
    10%
  • Machinist
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Maid
    16%
  • Seamstress
    16%
  • Stitcher
    11%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Betley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Betley 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 415 immigration records available for the last name Betley. 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 516 military records available for the last name Betley. For the veterans among your Betley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Betley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Betley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Betley in 1955 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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