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Tolley Family History

Tolley Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): from a pet form of the Middle English personal name Toll (see Towle).Probably an altered spelling of German Tolle.

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


Similar surnames: Tilley, Tooley, Toller, Talley, Holley, Lolley, Rolley, Colley

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Where is the Tolley family from?

You can see how Tolley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tolley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tolley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Tolley families living in Virginia. This was about 47% of all the recorded Tolley's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Tolley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tolley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tolley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tolley. 23% of Tolley men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Tolley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tolley were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Tolley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tolley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tolley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Tolley. For the veterans among your Tolley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tolley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Tolley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Tolley in 1949 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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