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


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

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Thorley Family Origin

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Thorley Family Occupations

What did your Thorley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thorley. A less common occupation for the Thorley family was Druggist. The most common Thorley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Thorley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Carpenter

    13%
  • Butcher

    6%
  • Druggist

    6%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Thorley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Thorley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 List

There are 642 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 Card

There are 1,000 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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Thorley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Thorley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Thorley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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