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Paley Surname Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): from a lost or unidentified place in Lancashire or Yorkshire apparently named with Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’ as the final element. Compare Paley Green in Giggleswick (Yorkshire) where the surname is recorded in 1379 but this may have been named from the surname. English: perhaps from a presumed Middle English male personal name Palli (Old Danish Palli from páll ‘pole’). Jewish (from Belarus) Belorussian and Ukrainian: occupational name for a distiller derived from an East Slavic word meaning ‘to burn’ (Russian palit Ukrainian palyty). English: sometimes a variant of Pawley .

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

Similar surnames: Caley, Padley, Pawley, Palen, Pyle, Paler, Pacey, Sales, Pasley

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Where is the Paley family from?

You can see how Paley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 18 Paley families living in Ontario. This was about 33% of all the recorded Paley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Paley families in 1911.
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What did your Paley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Paley. 87% of Paley men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Paley women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paley were Labourer and Milliner. .

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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

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
  • Milliner
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Paley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Paley. For the veterans among your Paley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paley lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Paley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Paley in 1953 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

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