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Grimley Family History

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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Where is the Grimley family from?

You can see how Grimley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grimley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grimley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 14 Grimley families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Grimley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Grimley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grimley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grimley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Grimley. 64% of Grimley men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    64%
  • Polisher
    19%
  • Printer
    19%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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