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Origins of the Ely surname

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About the Elys

We have a total number of 20419 records for people with the last name Ely.

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Where do most Elys live?

In 1921, most Elys lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Elys

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 16,400 records for the Ely surname. The oldest one dates back to 1441.

Who were Elys most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Browns

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Elys.

What are the most common Ely first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Ely family members

Common jobs for Elys

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

Common Female occupations for Elys in 1921
Dressmaker

83

Laundress

48

House Servant

46

Domestic Servant

39

Living On Own Means

36

Common Male occupations for Elys in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

109

Blacksmith

68

Coal Miner

64

Farm Labourer

62

Carpenter

55

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