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Morley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places called Morley (for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, County Durham, Norfolk, and West Yorkshire), or Moreleigh in Devon, all of which are named from Old English mor ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Possibly an altered spelling of French Morlet, a nickname from a diminutive of Old French mor ‘brown’, ‘dark’ (from Latin Maurus ‘Moor’).

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


Similar surnames: Marley, Worley, Mosley, Corley, Murley, Manley, Coley, Godley, Moxley

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Where is the Morley family from?

You can see how Morley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 40 Morley families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Morley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Morley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Morley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Morley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Morley. 15% of Morley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Morley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morley 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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 303,000 census records available for the last name Morley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Morley 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Morley. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Morley. For the veterans among your Morley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Morley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Morley in 1942 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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