Pursley Family History

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Pursley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Pursley Farm in Shenley, Hertfordshire. Probably an altered spelling of German Bürschle, a diminutive of Bursch.

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

Similar surnames: Parsley, Pugsley, Burley, Bursley, Pasley, Pulley, Turley, Worsley

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Pursley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pursley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pursley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Native American—North, Central, South


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Pursley Family Origin

Where is the Pursley family from?

Pursley Family Occupations

What did your Pursley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pursley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 58% of Pursley's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pursley. A less common occupation for the Pursley family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pursley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pursley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Pursley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pursley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 567 immigration records available for the last name Pursley. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Pursley. For the veterans among your Pursley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pursley Life Expectancy

What is the average Pursley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pursley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pursley in 1941 was 22, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pursley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pursley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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