Kelley Family History

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Kelley Name Meaning

Irish, Scottish, and English: variant spelling of Kelly.

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

Similar surnames: Kealey, Keeley, Keller, Kellem, Kenley, Selley, Jelley, Melley

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Kelley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kelley name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Kelley Family Origin

Where is the Kelley family from?

Kelley Family Occupations

What did your Kelley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Kelley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Kelley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kelley family was Laborer. Farmer, Labourer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kelley.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Servant

  • Laborer


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

Kelley Historical Records

What Kelley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 746,000 census records available for the last name Kelley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelley 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 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Kelley. 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 154,000 military records available for the last name Kelley. For the veterans among your Kelley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kelley Life Expectancy

What is the average Kelley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kelley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kelley in 1940 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kelley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kelley 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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