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Parmley Name Meaning

English (mainly Cumberland and Durham): presumably a habitational name perhaps from a post-medieval form of Parmentley in Whitfield (Northumberland) which is recorded as Parmaly in 1698. The placename appears to derive from Middle English permain ‘pear’ (Old French parmain permain) + leie ‘clearing meadow’ (Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’).

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

Similar surnames: Parkey, Garley, Parsley, Plumley, Padley, Rackley, Wormley, Paley

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Where is the Parmley family from?

You can see how Parmley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parmley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parmley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Parmley families living in Kentucky. This was about 47% of all the recorded Parmley's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Parmley families in 1840.
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What did your Parmley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Parmley. 36% of Parmley men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Parmley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parmley were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 444 immigration records available for the last name Parmley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Parmley. For the veterans among your Parmley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Parmley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parmley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parmley in 1940 was 36, and 83 in 2004.

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