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Foley Name Meaning

(southern) reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Foghladha ‘descendant of Foghlaidh’, a byname meaning ‘pirate’, ‘marauder’. (northern) Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Searraigh (see McSharry), chosen because of its phonetic approximation to English foal.

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


Similar surnames: Soley, Coley, Furey, Fey, Godley, Fowle, Faley, Folley, Alley, Boley

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Foley Family Origin

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Foley Family Occupations

What did your Foley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foley. The most common Foley occupation in the USA was Laborer. 21% of Foley's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Foley family was Keeps House.

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  • Laborer

    21%
  • Farmer

    17%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Keeps House

    2%

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Foley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Foley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Foley. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Foley. For the veterans among your Foley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foley Life Expectancy

What is the average Foley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Foley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Foley in 1942 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Foley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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