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Corley Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Curley. English: habitational name from Corley in Warwickshire or Coreley in Shropshire, both named with Old English corna, a metathesized form of crona, genitive plural of cron, cran ‘crane’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Carley, Chorley, Corney, Cowley, Comley, Coley, Morley, Worley

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Where is the Corley family from?

You can see how Corley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Corley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Corley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Corley families living in South Carolina. This was about 30% of all the recorded Corley's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Corley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Corley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Corley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Corley. 20% of Corley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Corley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Corley were Truck Driver and Laborer.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Corley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Corley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Corley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Corley. For the veterans among your Corley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Corley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Corley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Corley in 1940 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

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