Paley Family History

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Paley Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): possibly a nickname for someone with pale or lustreless eyes, from Middle English pale ‘pale’ + eye ‘eye’. English: from an Old Scandinavian personal name, Old Danish Palli or Old Swedish Palle, probably originally an ethnic name meaning ‘Pole’. French: habitational name from a place in Seine-et-Marne, probably originally derived from Latin palus ‘post’, ‘stake’ + suffix -etum. Jewish (from Belarus), Belorussian, and Ukrainian: occupational name for a distiller, from an eastern Slavic word meaning ‘to burn’ (Russian palit, Ukrainian palyty) + the Slavic noun suffix -ej.

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

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

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Paley Family Origin

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Paley Family Occupations

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 CA 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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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
  • Milliner

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Paley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Paley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paley 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 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 Card

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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Paley Life Expectancy

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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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