Copley Family History

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Copley Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from any of various places called Copley, for example in County Durham, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire, from the Old English personal name Coppa (apparently a byname for a tall man) or from copp ‘hilltop’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Cowley, Corley, Cropley, Comley, Coley, Oxley, Bodley, Godley, Onley

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Copley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Copley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Copley. 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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Copley Family Origin

Where is the Copley family from?

Copley Family Occupations

What did your Copley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Clerk and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Copley. The most common Copley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 23% of Copley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Copley family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Clerk

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer


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

Copley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Copley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Copley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Copley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Copley. For the veterans among your Copley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Copley Life Expectancy

What is the average Copley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Copley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Copley in 1942 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Copley 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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