Stanley Family History

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Stanley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English stan ‘stone’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. Americanized form of any of various like-sounding names in other European languages, for example Polish Stanislawski and Greek Anastasiou.

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

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

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Stanley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Stanley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Stanley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Stanley Family Origin

Where is the Stanley family from?

Stanley Family Occupations

What did your Stanley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Stanley family was Labourer. The most common Stanley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Stanley's were Farmers. Farmer, Student and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stanley.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • Fisherman

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Stanley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Stanley Historical Records

What Stanley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 658,000 census records available for the last name Stanley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stanley 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 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 Card

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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Stanley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Stanley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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