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Folley Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the minor places in Wiltshire, Warwickshire, and other counties called (The) Folly, usually from Middle English folie in the sense ‘folly’, ‘foolish enterprise’, but otherwise from Old French feuillie ‘leafy bower or shelter’, later ‘clump of trees’. In some cases, the name may be topographic. nickname for an eccentric or foolish person, from Old French folie ‘foolishness’.

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


Similar surnames: Hollen, Filley, Holley, Boller, Olney, Gulley, Willey, Tilley, Onley

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Where is the Folley family from?

You can see how Folley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Folley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Folley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Folley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 27% of all the recorded Folley's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Folley families in 1840.
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What did your Folley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Folley. 21% of Folley men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Folley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Folley 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Farm Labor
    13%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Folley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Folley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Folley in 1957 was 59, and 59 in 2004.

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