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Harley Name Meaning

English (now mainly in Scotland; also West Midlands and Welsh border): habitational name from places in Shropshire and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English hær ‘rock’, ‘heap of stones’ or hara ‘hare’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. In some cases the name may be topographic. Irish: when not of English origin, this is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarghaile ‘descendant of Earghal’, a variant of the personal name Fearghal without the initial F- (see Farrell).

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


Similar surnames: Hartley, Hanley, Hurley, Halley, Hadley, Harle, Barley, Harvey

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Where is the Harley family from?

You can see how Harley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 51 Harley families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Harley's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Harley families in 1840.
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What did your Harley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Harley. 18% of Harley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Harley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harley 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Harley. For the veterans among your Harley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harley in 1942 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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