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Origins of the Onley surname

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About the Onleys

We have a total number of 2517 records for people with the last name Onley.

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Where do most Onleys live?

In 1921, most Onleys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Onleys

How common is your surname?

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

We have 2,230 records for the Onley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1840.

Who were Onleys most likely to marry?

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Onleys.

What are the most common Onley first names?

  • George
  • John
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Onleys

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

Common Female occupations for Onleys in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Onleys in 1921


Railway Clerk


Errand Boy


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


Agricultural Labourer


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