Thorley Family History
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Thorley Name Meaning
Northern English: habitational name, in most cases probably a variant of Thornley, although there are places called Thorley (in Hertfordshire (near Bishop’s Stortford) and in the Isle of Wight), which could have contributed to the surname; these are also named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press