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Origins of the Exley surname

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About the Exleys

We have a total number of 15687 records for people with the last name Exley.

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Where do most Exleys live?

In 1921, most Exleys lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Exleys

How common is your surname?

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

We have 14,400 records for the Exley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1623.

Who were Exleys most likely to marry?

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Exleys.

What are the most common Exley first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Exleys

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

Common Female occupations for Exleys in 1921
Woollen Weaver




Blanket Weaver


Cloth Weaver


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Exleys in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer


Woollen Weaver


General Labourer


Blanket Weaver


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