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Pooley Name Meaning

habitational name from a place so called in Warwickshire. No forms of the name are recorded before the 13th century, when Povele, Poueleye, Powelee, Pouelee, and Poleye are all found. The second element is Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; the first is pofel, a word found occasionally in place names (but not attested independently), the meaning of which has not been established. habitational name from Pooley Bridge in Cumbria, so named from Old English pol ‘pool’ + Old Norse haugr ‘hill’, ‘mound’. topographic name from Middle English pole ‘pool’ + ey ‘low-lying land’ or hey ‘enclosure’, or a habitational name from minor places originally named with these elements, such as Polly Shaw in Kent or the former Polleheye (13th-century), later Pooley (now named Hunt’s Hall) in Pebmarsh, Essex.

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


Similar surnames: Hooley, Pooler, Paley, Woolley, Folley, Poley, Godley, Onley, Woodley

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You can see how Pooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pooley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Pooley families living in New York. This was about 80% of all the recorded Pooley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pooley families in 1840.
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What did your Pooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pooley. 14% of Pooley men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Pooley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pooley were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Pooley. For the veterans among your Pooley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pooley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Pooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Pooley in 1955 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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