Tilley Family History

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Tilley Name Meaning

variant spelling of Tilly. habitational name from Tilley in Shropshire, named from Old English telga ‘branch’, ‘bough’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. occupational name for a husbandman, Middle English tilie (Old English tilia, a primary derivative of tilian ‘to till or cultivate’). from the medieval female personal name Tilly, a pet form of Till.

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

Similar surnames: Tiller, Willey, Titley, Tilly, Cilley, Lilly, Pilley, Dilley, Tolley

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Tilley Family Origin

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Tilley Family Occupations

What did your Tilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Tilley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Tilley's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tilley. A less common occupation for the Tilley family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Tilley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Tilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tilley 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Tilley. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Tilley. For the veterans among your Tilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tilley Life Expectancy

What is the average Tilley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Tilley in 1942 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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