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Hartley Name Meaning

English (mainly northern): habitational name from any of various places so called. Several, in particular those in Hampshire, Kent, and Devon, are named from Old English heorot ‘hart’, ‘stag’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. One in Northumberland has as the second element Old English hlaw ‘hill’, and one in Cumbria contains Old English cla ‘claw’, in the sense of a tongue of land between two streams, + probably heard ‘hard’. The surname is widely distributed, but most common in Yorkshire, where it arose from a place near Haworth, West Yorkshire, also named with Old English heorot + leah. As a Scottish name, it comes from the Cumbrian Hartley (see forebears note). Irish: shortened Anglicized form of or surname adopted as equivalent of Gaelic Ó hArtghaile ‘descendant of Artghal’, a personal name composed of the elements Art ‘bear’, ‘hero’ + gal ‘valor’.

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


Similar surnames: Harley, Hatley, Barley, Hanley, Marley, Bartley, Harle, Harty

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Where is the Hartley family from?

You can see how Hartley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hartley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hartley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 49 Hartley families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Hartley's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Hartley families in 1840.
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What did your Hartley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hartley. 15% of Hartley men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Hartley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hartley 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
    15%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 79,000 immigration records available for the last name Hartley. 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 50,000 military records available for the last name Hartley. For the veterans among your Hartley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hartley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hartley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hartley in 1941 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

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