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Origins of the Ainley surname

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We have a total number of 13261 records for people with the last name Ainley.

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Where do most Ainleys live?

In 1921, most Ainleys lived in Yorkshire.


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Interesting facts about Ainleys

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We have 11,800 records for the Ainley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1820.

Who were Ainleys most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Ainley first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Ainleys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Ainleys in 1921
Woollen Weaver

72

Dressmaker

26

Worsted Spinner

26

Cotton Weaver

24

Living On Own Means

19

Common Male occupations for Ainleys in 1921
Woollen Weaver

96

Coal Miner

57

Stone Mason

30

Farmer

28

Woollen Spinner

28

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