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Talley Name Meaning

English: probably a variant of Tolley . English (of Norman origin): habitational name from one or more of the places in northern France named Tailly (Somme Ardennes). It is uncertain that this surname survived into modern times. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Taithligh ‘descendant of Taithleach’ a byname or personal name meaning ‘peaceable’. This surname is now very rare in Ireland. Americanized form of an unidentified German surname possibly Tallig: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name similar to Dietrich .

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

Similar surnames: Halley, Galley, Tolley, Hanley, Malley, Manley, Tilley, Tally, Gallen

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Where is the Talley family from?

You can see how Talley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Talley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Talley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 45 Talley families living in Virginia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Talley's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Talley families in 1840.
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What did your Talley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Talley. 22% of Talley men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Talley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Talley were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Cook
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Passenger Lists

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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Talley. For the veterans among your Talley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Talley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Talley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Talley in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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