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Horsley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and Surrey, so named from Old English hors ‘horse’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. The reference is probably to a place where horses were put out to pasture. The surname is widespread in north-central England.

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

Similar surnames: Worsley, Horsey, Housley, Hartley, Morley, Hockley, Thorley, Wortley

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Where is the Horsley family from?

You can see how Horsley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Horsley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Horsley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Horsley families living in Tennessee. This was about 39% of all the recorded Horsley's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Horsley families in 1840.
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What did your Horsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Horsley. 26% of Horsley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Horsley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Horsley were Salesman and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Miner
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Horsley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Horsley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Horsley. 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 Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Horsley. For the veterans among your Horsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Horsley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Horsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Horsley in 1945 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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