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Hadley Surname Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): habitational name from either of three places called Hadley in Worcestershire and Shropshire or from either of two places called Hadleigh in Essex and Suffolk or Monken Hadley in Middlesex. The first is named from the Old English personal name Hadda + lēah ‘wood (woodland) clearing’; the others are from Old English hǣth ‘heathland heather’ + lēah. In some cases also Native American (Navajo): variant of Hatathlie ‘singer (i.e. medicine man)’. Compare Singer 5.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Hadley family from?

You can see how Hadley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hadley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hadley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 128 Hadley families living in Ontario. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hadley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hadley families in 1911.
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What did your Hadley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hadley. 47% of Hadley men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Hadley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hadley were Fisherman and Domestic. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Teacher
  • Domestic
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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