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Burley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Hampshire, Rutland, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire, named Burley from Old English burh ‘fortified manor’, ‘stronghold’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Bürli, from a diminutive of bur ‘peasant’, ‘farmer’ (see Bauer).

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


Similar surnames: Barley, Durley, Burnley, Hurley, Bulley, Berley, Burden, Burney

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Where is the Burley family from?

You can see how Burley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 51 Burley families living in New Hampshire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Burley's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Burley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burley. 24% of Burley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Burley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burley were Salesman and Cook.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Burley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Burley. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Burley. For the veterans among your Burley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Burley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Burley in 1943 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

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