Hadley Family History

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Hadley Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): habitational name from either of two places named Hadley, in Worcestershire and Shropshire, or from either of two places named Hadleigh, in Essex and Suffolk. The first is named from the Old English personal name Hadda + leah ‘wood’, ‘(woodland) clearing’; the other three are from Old English h?ð ‘heathland’, ‘heather’ + leah.

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

Similar surnames: Hanley, Harley, Hawley, Headley, Fadley, Hedley, Halley, Badley

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Hadley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hadley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hadley. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Hadley Family Origin

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Hadley Family Occupations

What did your Hadley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hadley family was Carpenter. Farmer, Fisherman and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hadley. The most common Hadley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Hadley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Going To School

  • Carpenter


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

Hadley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 173,000 census records available for the last name Hadley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hadley 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Hadley. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Hadley. For the veterans among your Hadley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hadley Life Expectancy

What is the average Hadley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hadley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Hadley in 1941 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hadley 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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