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Farley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Farley, of which there are examples in Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, and Staffordshire, from Old English as fearn ‘fern’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. See also Farleigh, Fairley, Fairlie. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fearghaile (see Farrelly).

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


Similar surnames: Fawley, Fairley, Harley, Carley, Darley, Barley, Marley, Varley

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Where is the Farley family from?

You can see how Farley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 54 Farley families living in Virginia. This was about 16% of all the recorded Farley's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Farley families in 1840.
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What did your Farley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Farley. 17% of Farley men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Farley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farley were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

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

There are 257,000 census records available for the last name Farley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farley 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Farley. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Farley. For the veterans among your Farley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Farley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Farley in 1941 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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