Hawley Family History

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Hawley Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Hawley. One in Kent is named with Old English halig ‘holy’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, and would therefore have once been the site of a sacred grove. One in Hampshire has as its first element Old English h(e)all ‘hall’, ‘manor’, or healh ‘nook’, ‘corner of land’. However, the surname is common in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, and may principally derive from a lost place near Sheffield named Hawley, from Old Norse haugr ‘mound’ + Old English leah ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Howley, Fawley, Halley, Hadley, Hanley, Harley, Haley, Hatley, Hagley

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Hawley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hawley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hawley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Hawley Family Origin

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Hawley Family Occupations

What did your Hawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hawley family was Farmer Son. Farmer, School and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hawley. The most common Hawley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Hawley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Clerk

  • Farmer Son


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Hawley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Hawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hawley 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Hawley. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Hawley. For the veterans among your Hawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hawley Life Expectancy

What is the average Hawley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hawley in 1940 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hawley 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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