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Caley Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the places called Cailly in Eure and Seine-Maritime France derived from a Gallo-Roman personal name Callius + the locative suffix -acum. English: variant of Callow or of Cayley the latter a habitational name from a minor place called Caley in the parish of Winwick Lancashire named with Old English ‘jackdaw’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Manx: shortened form of Gaelic Mac Caollaidhe ‘son of Caolladhe’. The personal name is from Gaelic caol ‘slender’.

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


Similar surnames: Carey, Carley, Paley, Coley, Caleb, Haley, Calley, Cales, Sales

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Where is the Caley family from?

You can see how Caley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Caley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Caley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 68 Caley families living in Ontario. This was about 58% of all the recorded Caley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Caley families in 1911.
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What did your Caley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Caley. 30% of Caley men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Caley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Caley were Merchant and Housewife. .

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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
    30%
  • Labourer
    21%
  • Engineer
    13%
  • Merchant
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    38%
  • Stenographer
    38%
  • Housewife
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Caley. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Caley. For the veterans among your Caley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Caley lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Caley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Caley in 1951 was 65, and 76 in 2004.

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