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Murley Name Meaning

Irish (County Cork): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murthuile, ‘descendant of Murthuile’, a personal name from murthuile ‘sea tide’ (muir ‘sea’ + tuile ‘tide’, ‘flood’). Irish (Donegal and Mayo): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murghaile ‘descendant of Murghal’, a personal name from muir ‘sea’ + gal ‘valor’. English: possibly of Irish origin, but it occurs chiefly in southwestern counties, suggesting that it may be a variant of the habitational name Morley, from Moreleigh in Devon.

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


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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Murley families living in Missouri. This was about 29% of all the recorded Murley's in the USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Murley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Murley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 US 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
    28%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
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Census Records

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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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