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Wadley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from numerous places. In southern England this can be derived from Wadley in Faringdon (Berkshire) or perhaps from Whatley (Somerset) Whateley in Kingsbury (Warwickshire) Wheatley (Oxfordshire) or Wheatley in Rayleigh (Essex) the latter of which often appears as Watelegh in the medieval records. The Berkshire placename derives from the Old English personal name Wada + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The other placenames derive from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + lēah. Compare Wheatley . In some instances where the name originates from southeastern England Wadley may alternatively be a post-medieval variant of Wadlow . In northern England primarily Durham this is a habitational name from Wadley in Witton le Wear (Durham). The placename derives from the Old English personal name Wada Wadda + Old English lēah.

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

Similar surnames: Fadley, Padley, Badley, Hadley, Radley, Manley, Batley, Dudley

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You can see how Wadley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wadley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wadley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 8 Wadley families living in Alberta. This was about 32% of all the recorded Wadley's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Wadley families in 1911.
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In 1921, Salesman was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wadley. 100% of Wadley men worked as a Salesman. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Salesman
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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wadley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wadley in 1947 was 65, and 76 in 2004.

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