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Manley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire, named in Old English as ‘common wood or clearing’, from (ge)m?ne ‘common’, ‘shared’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around these villages. English: nickname from Middle English mannly ‘manly’, ‘virile’, ‘brave’ (Old English mannlic, originally ‘man-like’). Irish (County Cork): Anglicized form of Ó Máinle (and often pronounced Mauly), of unexplained origin. Compare Malley. Irish (Connacht and Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maonghaile ‘descendant of Maonghal’, a personal name derived from words meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘valor’.

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


Similar surnames: Hanley, Marley, Maney, Mander, Paley, Munley, Batley, Maley, Magley

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Where is the Manley family from?

You can see how Manley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Manley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Manley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 74 Manley families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Manley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Manley families in 1911.
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What did your Manley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Manley. 38% of Manley men worked as a Farmer and 47% of Manley women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Manley were Carpenter and Book Keeper.

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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
    38%
  • Labourer
    16%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
    47%
  • Nurse
    14%
  • Typist
    14%
  • Book Keeper
    14%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Manley. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Manley. For the veterans among your Manley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Manley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Manley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Manley in 1940 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

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