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Barley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barley. Those in Lancashire and West Yorkshire are named with Old English bar ‘wild boar’ or bere ‘barley’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. A place of the same name in Hertfordshire has as its first element an unattested Old English byname Be(o)ra (from bera ‘bear’). English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of barley, from Old English bærlic, originally an adjective derivative of bær ‘barley’ (a byform of bere). Altered spelling of South German Behrle or Beerli, from a Germanic personal name formed with Old High German bero ‘bear’ (the animal).

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


Similar surnames: Bailey, Bagley, Berley, Marley, Harley, Burley, Batley, Varley

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Where is the Barley family from?

You can see how Barley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Barley families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Barley's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Barley families in 1840.
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What did your Barley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barley. 21% of Barley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Barley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barley were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Barley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Barley. For the veterans among your Barley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Barley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barley in 1949 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

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