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Varley Name Meaning

habitational name from Varley or Varleys in Devon, or any of the other places in southwestern England named in Old English as ‘fern clearing’ (see Farley), the change from f to v arising from voicing of f which is characteristic of that area. (of Norman origin) habitational name from Verly in Aisne, Picardy, France, so named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Virilius + the locative suffix -acum, or from Vesly (La Manche); surnames of this origin are recorded in Suffolk from the 13th century. However, the overwhelming preponderence of the modern surname is in West Yorkshire.

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

Similar surnames: Harley, Marley, Barley, Varney, Darley, Farley, Carley, Manley

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Where is the Varley family from?

You can see how Varley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Varley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Varley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Varley families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Varley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Varley families in 1840.
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What did your Varley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Varley. 14% of Varley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Varley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Varley were Salesman and Secretary.

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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
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Varley. 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 Varley. For the veterans among your Varley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Varley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Varley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Varley in 1957 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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