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Gurley Name Meaning

English (Warwickshire): apparently a variant of Gourley or Gorley. Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé, from Old French gourle ‘money belt’. Its application as a surname is not clear; it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such receptacles, or perhaps a nickname for someone who was tight with his money. Alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of German Gerling or Gerlich.

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


Similar surnames: Gulley, Curley, Gorley, Galley, Burley, Murley, Hurley, Turley, Buley

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Where is the Gurley family from?

You can see how Gurley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gurley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gurley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Gurley families living in North Carolina. This was about 18% of all the recorded Gurley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Gurley families in 1840.
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What did your Gurley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gurley. 23% of Gurley men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Gurley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gurley were Farming and Cook.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Gurley. For the veterans among your Gurley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gurley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gurley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gurley in 1944 was 23, and 72 in 2004.

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