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Sully Name Meaning

French: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Calvados, Loiret, 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 a personal name Sol(l)ius + -acum. Southern English: of uncertain origin; possibly a habitational name imported from France and so identical with 1, or alternatively a variant of Sulley. It may also be from the parish of Sully in Glamorgan, Wales, so called either from Old Norse sul ‘cleft’ + ey ‘island’ or from the Norman family name de Sulley (as in 1), which is recorded in Glamorgan in the 12th century.

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


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

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Where is the Sully family from?

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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Sully families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sully's in the 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 US 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 Cook.

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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
    23%
  • Salesman
    18%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Farmer
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    19%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Cook
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Sully. For the veterans among your Sully ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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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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