Godley Family History

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Godley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Godley in Cheshire or Goodleigh in Devon, both named from the Old English byname Goda meaning ‘good’ + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Bodley, Gidley, Ridley, Dudley, Coley, Comley, Woodley, Boxley, Onley

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Godley Family Origin

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Godley Family Occupations

What did your Godley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Godley occupation in Canada was Baker. 30% of Godley's were Bakers. A less common occupation for the Godley family was Farm Labourer. Baker, Labourer and Dressmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Godley.

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  • Baker

  • Labourer

  • Dressmaker

  • Farm Labourer


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

Godley Historical Records

What Godley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Godley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Godley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Godley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Godley. For the veterans among your Godley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Godley Life Expectancy

What is the average Godley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Godley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Godley in 1945 was 57, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Godley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Godley 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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