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Thomley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Thomley in Oxfordshire, so named from Old English þuma ‘thumb’ (used either as a nickname or in a transferred sense such as ‘dwarf’) + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Thorley, Howley, Thornley, Bromley, Chorley, Comley, Chumley, Hooley

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Where is the Thomley family from?

You can see how Thomley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thomley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thomley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Thomley families living in Ohio. This was about 86% of all the recorded Thomley's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Thomley families in 1840.
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What did your Thomley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Thomley. 55% of Thomley men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Thomley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thomley were Mechanic and Seamstress.

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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
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • School Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Thomley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thomley 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 708 immigration records available for the last name Thomley. 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 928 military records available for the last name Thomley. For the veterans among your Thomley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thomley lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Thomley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Thomley in 1950 was 47, and 62 in 2004.

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