Medley Family History

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Medley Name Meaning

habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’. nickname for an aggressive person, from Middle English, Old French medlee ‘combat’, ‘conflict’ (Late Latin misculata).

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

Similar surnames: Pedley, Hedley, Manley, Madeley, Smedley, Medler, Godley, Tenley

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Medley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Medley name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Medley Family Origin

Where is the Medley family from?

Medley Family Occupations

What did your Medley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Medley family was School. The most common Medley occupation in Canada was Servant. 23% of Medley's were Servants. Servant, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Medley.

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  • Servant

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School


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

Medley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Medley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Medley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Medley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Medley. For the veterans among your Medley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Medley Life Expectancy

What is the average Medley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Medley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Medley in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Medley 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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