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Hilley Name Meaning

Northern Irish and Scottish: variant spelling of Hilly, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIcheallaigh, itself a variant of Ó Fithcheallaigh ‘descendant of Fithcheallach’ (see Feeley).

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


Similar surnames: Halley, Hillen, Cilley, Hulvey, Tilley, Hanley, Wiley, Gilley, Hiller

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Where is the Hilley family from?

You can see how Hilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hilley families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 21 Hilley families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Hilley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hilley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hilley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Spinner were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hilley. 27% of Hilley men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Hilley women worked as a Spinner. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hilley were Farm Laborer and Clerk.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Spinner
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Hilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hilley 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 774 immigration records available for the last name Hilley. 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 Hilley. For the veterans among your Hilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hilley lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Hilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Hilley in 1952 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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