Coley Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): nickname for a swarthy person, from Old English colig ‘dark’, ‘black’ (a derivative of col ‘(char)coal’). English: possibly a habitational name from Coaley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English as ‘woodland clearing (leah) with a hut or shelter (cofa)’. Probably an Americanized form of Swiss German Kohli or Kohler.

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


Similar surnames: Cowley, Cole, Caley, Corley, Comley, Colby, Copley, Colley, Godley

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Coley Family Origin

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Coley Family Occupations

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  • Son

    20%
  • Carpenter

    10%
  • Farm Labourer

    10%
  • Farmer

    10%

In 1881, the most common Coley occupation in Canada was Son. 20% of Coley's were Sons. A less common occupation for the Coley family was Farmer. Son, Carpenter and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coley.

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Coley Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, Coley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coley in 1944 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Coley

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