Willey Family History

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Willey Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places so named. Those in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; one in Devon probably has Old English wiðig ‘willow’ as the first element, while one in Surrey has Old English weoh ‘(pre-Christian) temple’. variant spelling of Willy 2.

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

Similar surnames: Tilley, Pilley, Wigley, Woolley, Lilly, Dilley, Wiley, Willy, Willen

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Willey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Willey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Willey. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Willey Family Origin

Where is the Willey family from?

Willey Family Occupations

What did your Willey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Hunter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Willey. A less common occupation for the Willey family was Farm Labourer. The most common Willey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 45% of Willey's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Hunter

  • Farm Labourer


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

Willey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 130,000 census records available for the last name Willey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willey 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Willey. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Willey. For the veterans among your Willey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Willey Life Expectancy

What is the average Willey lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Willey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Willey in 1945 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Willey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Willey 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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