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Marley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called, for example in Devon, Kent, and West Yorkshire. According to Ekwall, the first element of these place names is respectively Old English (ge)m?re ‘boundary’, myrig ‘pleasant’, and mearð ‘(pine) marten’. The second element in each case is Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’. This surname was taken to Ireland by a Northumbrian family who settled there in the 17th century.

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


Similar surnames: Barley, Morley, Darley, Manley, Varley, Harley, Farley, Carley

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Where is the Marley family from?

You can see how Marley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Marley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Marley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Marley families living in North Carolina. This was about 24% of all the recorded Marley's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Marley families in 1840.
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What did your Marley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Marley. 17% of Marley men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Marley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Marley were Clerk and Maid.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Marley. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Marley. For the veterans among your Marley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Marley lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Marley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Marley in 1946 was 58, and 76 in 2004.

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