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Morley Family History

Morley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the various places called Morley (for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, County Durham, Norfolk, and West Yorkshire), or Moreleigh in Devon, all of which are named from Old English mor ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.Possibly an altered spelling of French Morlet, a nickname from a diminutive of Old French mor ‘brown’, ‘dark’ (from Latin Maurus ‘Moor’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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376,135 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
20,357 Military Records
25,710 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Morley Families

  • Number of Morley families
     114 - 226
     39 - 113
     1 - 38
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Morley families
     1,013 - 2,023
     338 - 1,012
     1 - 337
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Morley families
     16 - 29
     6 - 15
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Morley Family Origin

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Morley Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Morley

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Morley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Morley census records

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Morley Civil War Service Records

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