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Smiley Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: probably a variant of Smillie ; see Smalley .

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

Similar surnames: Smiles, Wiley, Smitley, Riley, Iley, Mailey, Shiley, Miley, Briley

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Where is the Smiley family from?

You can see how Smiley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smiley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smiley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 142 Smiley families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Smiley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Smiley families in 1911.
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What did your Smiley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Smiley. 45% of Smiley men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Smiley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smiley were Gardener and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Fisherman
  • Merchant
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • School
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Smiley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smiley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Smiley. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Smiley. For the veterans among your Smiley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smiley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Smiley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Smiley in 1942 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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