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Sully Name Meaning

English: of Norman origin a habitational name from any of the three places called Sully in Calvados (Normandy) Aisne (Picardy) and Loiret (Centre); see 6 below. English: of Norman origin perhaps a habitational name from Sully (Glamorgan). However the placename is manorial in origin from the Norman surname in 1 above which is recorded in Glamorgan in the 12th century. English: habitational name from Old and New Sulehay in Nassington (Northamptonshire). The placename probably derives from an Old English personal name Seofa + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’; however it is not clear whether this name has survived to modern times. English: habitational name from the Isles of Scilly recorded as Sully in the 12th century. The etymology of the name is uncertain and it is not clear whether this surname has survived to modern times. English: habitational name from Sudeley (Gloucestershire) from Old English sūth ‘south southern’ or scydd ‘hovel shed’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. French: habitational name from any of various places called Sully for example in Calvados Loiret Saone-et-Loire and Oise. The first of these is recorded in 1180 as Silleium from the Gallo-Roman personal name Silius or Cilius + the Latin locative suffix -acum. The others are from the Gallo-Roman personal name Sol(l)ius + -acum. This surname is also found in Haiti.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Tilly, Billy, Lilly, Sulla, Tully, Dally, Pulley, Sullo, Gulley

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You can see how Sully families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sully family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sully families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Sully families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sully's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sully families in 1840.
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What did your Sully ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sully. 23% of Sully men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Sully women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sully were Farmer and Housework. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housework
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What is the average Sully lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Sully life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sully in 1963 was 62, and 75 in 2004.

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