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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


Similar surnames: Thornley, Thomley, Chorley, Torney, Worley, Horsley, Harley, Morley

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Where is the Thorley family from?

You can see how Thorley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thorley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thorley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Thorley families living in Ohio. This was about 75% of all the recorded Thorley's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Thorley families in 1840.
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What did your Thorley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Thorley. 20% of Thorley men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Thorley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thorley were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Carpenter
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Waitress
    14%
  • Housewife
    14%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Thorley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thorley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Thorley. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Thorley. For the veterans among your Thorley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thorley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Thorley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Thorley in 1963 was 77, and 83 in 2004.

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