The Softley Family History

This is a site where you can find information about the history of the Softley family.

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The Softley Family in the Census

Census Freqency of the Surname Softley
1841 Census6
1851 Census55
1861 Census66
1871 Census153
1881 Census241
1891 Census253
1901 Census341
1911 Census438

Most Frequent Forenames for the Softley Family in the Census

Name 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1881 Census 1871 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Total
John Softley 0 4 6 13 17 17 22 26
William Softley 1 4 4 15 14 18 23 37
Mary Softley 1 4 4 16 17 19 20 16
George Softley 0 2 5 7 10 10 18 17
Thomas Softley 0 3 1 7 10 8 8 12
Elizabeth Softley 0 2 3 6 5 8 10 11
Margaret Softley 0 1 3 4 10 6 9 5
Sarah Softley 0 3 2 5 2 9 9 6
Robert Softley 1 6 0 2 7 7 7 7
James Softley 0 0 4 3 5 4 8 10
Jane Softley 0 3 2 5 11 3 5 3
Frederick Softley 0 0 2 2 6 6 5 3
Alice Softley 0 0 0 3 2 4 7 9
Henry Softley 0 1 0 3 5 3 8 6
Annie Softley 0 0 1 1 0 4 9 13
Walter Softley 0 0 0 3 3 6 5 6
Charles Softley 0 0 0 2 3 6 5 7
Alfred Softley 0 1 0 2 6 4 5 4
Ann Softley 0 2 4 3 5 3 5 3
Florence Softley 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 7

Your Family History Search

You can use the forms below to do automatic searches for the Softley family online amongst birth, marriage and death records from 1837, plus census transcripts for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and many more...



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Etymology and History of the Surname: Softley

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