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Stanley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Stanley including those in Yorkshire Staffordshire Derbyshire Durham Gloucestershire and Wiltshire named with Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. This English name has been established in Ireland since the 13th century where it was Gaelicized as de Stainléigh. English: possibly also a variant of Stoneley a habitational name from Stoneley Green in Burland (Cheshire) Stoneleigh (Warwickshire) or Stonely in Kimbolton (Huntingdonshire) all named with Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized form of any of various like-sounding names in other languages for example Polish Stanislawski Greek Anastasiou and Serbian Stojadinov (patronymic from the personal name Stojadin).

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


Similar surnames: Stapley, Hanley, Studley, Standen, Staley, Tenley, Stoney, Shatley

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Where is the Stanley family from?

You can see how Stanley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stanley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stanley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 737 Stanley families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Stanley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Stanley families in 1911.
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What did your Stanley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Stanley. 34% of Stanley men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Stanley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stanley were Fisherman and Servant. .

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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
    34%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Fisherman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Servant
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 81,000 immigration records available for the last name Stanley. 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 115,000 military records available for the last name Stanley. For the veterans among your Stanley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stanley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stanley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Stanley in 1940 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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