Thornley Family History

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Thornley Name Meaning

English (mainly Lancashire): habitational name from Thornley in Lancashire, so named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Thorley, Chorley, Charnley, Horsley, Thomley, Townley, Torney, Harley

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Thornley Family Origin

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Thornley Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Machinist

    4%

In 1880, the most common Thornley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Thornley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Thornley family was Machinist. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thornley.

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Thornley Historical Records

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Thornley Life Expectancy

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