Paisley Family History

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Paisley Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from a place in Renfrewshire, now a suburb of Glasgow. It is first recorded in 1157 as Passeleth, then in 1158 as Paisleth and in 1163 as Passelet, Passelay; it may be derived from Late Latin basilica ‘church’.

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

Similar surnames: Pasley, Daisley, Bailey, Paley, Parsley, Ansley, Lapsley, Haisley

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Paisley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Paisley name?

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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Paisley Family Origin

Where is the Paisley family from?

Paisley Family Occupations

What did your Paisley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Paisley family was Labourer. The most common Paisley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Paisley's were Farmers. Farmer, Student and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Paisley.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • Clerk

  • Labourer


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

Paisley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Paisley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paisley 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 Paisley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Paisley. For the veterans among your Paisley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Paisley Life Expectancy

What is the average Paisley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Paisley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Paisley in 1943 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Paisley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Paisley 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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