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Pilley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places so named. One in southern Yorkshire is recorded as Pillei in Domesday Book and as Pillay in the late 12th century. It is probably from Old English pil ‘pile’, ‘post’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, i.e. a wood where timber for piles could be obtained. The other, in Hampshire, appears in Domesday Book as Piste(s)lei, but has later spellings resembling those for Pilley in Yorkshire, and may have the same etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Willey, Pixley, Tilley, Pille, Wigley, Pulley, Lilly, Iley, Paley

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Where is the Pilley family from?

You can see how Pilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pilley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 12 Pilley families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Pilley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pilley families in 1911.
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What did your Pilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Pilley. 50% of Pilley men worked as a 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pilley. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Pilley. For the veterans among your Pilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pilley lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2003, in the United States, Pilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Pilley in 1951 was 46, and 80 in 2003.

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