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Sherley Name Meaning

Variant spelling of English Shirley. Americanized form of Norwegian Sjøli, Sjølie, a habitational name from a farmstead named with sjø ‘sea’, ‘lake’ + li ‘hillside’.

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


Similar surnames: Shurley, Shepley, Shelley, Selley, Shirley, Shatley, Shelby, Wheeley

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Where is the Sherley family from?

You can see how Sherley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Sherley families living in South Carolina. This was about 17% of all the recorded Sherley's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Sherley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sherley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sherley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sherley. 24% of Sherley men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Sherley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherley were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Sherley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherley. 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 Sherley. For the veterans among your Sherley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Sherley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Sherley in 1947 was 51, and 78 in 2004.

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