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Carley Name Meaning

Reduced form of Irish McCarley. English: habitational name from the hamlet of Carley in Lifton, Devon, possibly named with Cornish ker ‘fort’ + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. Perhaps an Americanized form of German Kehrli or Kerle (see Kerley).

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


Similar surnames: Carey, Caley, Farley, Corley, Barley, Harley, Charley, Darley, Marley

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Where is the Carley family from?

You can see how Carley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 50 Carley families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Carley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Carley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Carley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Carley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Carley. 20% of Carley men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Carley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carley were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Carley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carley 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Carley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Carley. For the veterans among your Carley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Carley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Carley in 1945 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

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