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Oley Name Meaning

German (rarely Öley): metonymic occupational name for an oil miller (i.e. someone who extracted oil from poppy seeds nuts etc.) or oil merchant from Middle High German öl(e) olei Middle Low German olie ‘oil’. Compare Ohler . English (Durham): habitational name of Norman origin from any of the five places called Ouilly in Calvados France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ley, Bley, Kley, Poley, Klee, Boley, Eley, Soley, Iley, Coley

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Where is the Oley family from?

You can see how Oley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Oley families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Oley's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Oley families in 1911.
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What did your Oley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oley. 30% of Oley men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Oley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oley were Salesman and Laborer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Oley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oley 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 512 immigration records available for the last name Oley. 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 739 military records available for the last name Oley. For the veterans among your Oley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Oley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Oley in 1949 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

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