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Mosley Family History

Mosley Name Meaning

English (chiefly southern Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from any of several places called Mos(e)ley in central, western, and northwestern England. The obvious derivation is from Old English mos ‘peat bog’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, but the one in southern Birmingham (Museleie in Domesday Book) had as its first element Old English mus ‘mouse’, while one in Staffordshire (Molesleie in Domesday Book) had the genitive case of the Old English byname Moll.

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


Similar surnames: Morley, Cowley, Bosley, Osley, Manley, Godley, Coley, Onley, Ousley

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Where is the Mosley family from?

You can see how Mosley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mosley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mosley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 82 Mosley families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Mosley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Mosley families in 1911.
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What did your Mosley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Mosley. 40% of Mosley men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Mosley women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mosley were Miner and Housekeeper.

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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
    40%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Miner
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Operator
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
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Census Records

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Mosley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mosley 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mosley. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Mosley. For the veterans among your Mosley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mosley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mosley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Mosley in 1941 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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