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Murley Name Meaning

Irish (Cork and Kerry): variant of Morley . English (Cornwall and Somerset): habitational name from Murley in Uplowman (Devon). The placename derives from Old English mōr ‘moor’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. There may well have been some confusion with Morley .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hurley, Turley, Durley, Curley, Manley, Morley, Murray, Gurley

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Where is the Murley family from?

You can see how Murley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Murley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Murley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Murley families living in Missouri. This was about 29% of all the recorded Murley's in USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Murley families in 1840.
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What did your Murley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Murley. 28% of Murley men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Murley women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Murley were Farming and Waitress. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Murley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Murley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Murley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Murley. For the veterans among your Murley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Murley lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Murley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Murley in 1956 was 79, and 69 in 2004.

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