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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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Where is the Paisley family from?

You can see how Paisley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paisley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paisley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 145 Paisley families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Paisley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Paisley families in 1911.
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What did your Paisley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Paisley. 58% of Paisley men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Paisley women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paisley were Student and Teacher.

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Student

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
  • Servant
  • Income
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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