Grimley Family History

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Grimley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Worcestershire, probably so named from Old English grima ‘specter’, ‘goblin’ + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. Irish: variant of Gormley.

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

Similar surnames: Brimley, Ridley, Grindley, Gailey, Riley, Bromley, Gidley, Brisley

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Grimley Family Origin

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Grimley Family Occupations

What did your Grimley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Grimley family was Student. Laborer, Livery Stabl Keep and Shoemaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grimley. The most common Grimley occupation in Canada was Laborer. 25% of Grimley's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Livery Stabl Keep

  • Shoemaker

  • Student


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

Grimley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Grimley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grimley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Grimley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Grimley. For the veterans among your Grimley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grimley Life Expectancy

What is the average Grimley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Grimley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Grimley in 1944 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Grimley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grimley 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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