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Tolley Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): from the Middle English personal name Toli (Old Norse Tóli a particularly East Scandinavian pet form of names in Thórr ‘the god Thor’ + an element beginning with l-). Americanized form of German Tolle . In some cases also an American shortened and altered form of Russian Telyatev: nickname or metonymic occupational name derived from telyata ‘calves’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Tolley families living in Virginia. This was about 47% of all the recorded Tolley's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Tolley families in 1840.
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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 USA 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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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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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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