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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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Where is the Tilley family from?

You can see how Tilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tilley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Tilley families living in Rhode Island. This was about 20% of all the recorded Tilley's in the USA. Rhode Island had the highest population of Tilley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tilley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tilley. 24% of Tilley men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Tilley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tilley were Farm Laborer and Maid.

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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

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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