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Turley Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Toirdealbhaigh, a patronymic from the personal name Toirdhealbhach, a personal name meaning ‘like Thor’ or ‘like thunder’, composed of the Old Norse name þórr (see Thor) + Gaelic dealbhach ‘like’, ‘in the shape of’. Compare McCurley, from the lenited form. Altered spelling of German Thurley, from a personal name formed with Old High German tiuri ‘dear’, ‘valuable’ + lih (?), related to Gothic leiks ‘body’, ‘shape’.

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


Similar surnames: Murley, Durley, Hurley, Turkel, Curley, Dudley, Gurley, Turner

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Where is the Turley family from?

You can see how Turley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Turley families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Turley's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Turley families in 1840.
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What did your Turley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Turley. 19% of Turley men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Turley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turley were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Turley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Turley. For the veterans among your Turley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Turley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Turley in 1947 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

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