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Origins of the Ainsley surname

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About the Ainsleys

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Where do most Ainsleys live?

In 1921, most Ainsleys lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Ainsleys

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We have 8,550 records for the Ainsley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1724.

Who were Ainsleys most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Ainsley first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Ainsleys

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

Common Female occupations for Ainsleys in 1921


General Servant Domestic




Domestic Servant


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Ainsleys in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer


Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


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