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Staley Name Meaning

English: byname from Middle English staley ‘resolute’, ‘reliable’, a reduced form of Stallard. Belgian French: from Old French estalee ‘fish trap’, hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or topographic name for someone who lived near where fish traps were set.

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


Similar surnames: Sale, Staple, Stables, Sales, Stanley, Paley, Stacey, Stapley, Staves

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Where is the Staley family from?

You can see how Staley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Staley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Staley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 112 Staley families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded Staley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Staley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Staley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Staley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Tailoress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Staley. 46% of Staley men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Staley women worked as a Tailoress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Staley were Teamster 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
    46%
  • Labourer
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Teamster
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Tailoress
    34%
  • Housewife
    23%
  • Nurse
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
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Census Records

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Staley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Staley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Staley. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Staley. For the veterans among your Staley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Staley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Staley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Staley in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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