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Woolley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. Most, including those in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, and West Yorkshire, are named from Old English wulf ‘wolf’ or perhaps the personal name or byname Wulf (see Wolf) + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. One example in Somerset, however, has as its first element Middle English wolle, wulle ‘spring’, ‘stream’ (see Wool 2).

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


Similar surnames: Woosley, Woodley, Wortley, Woolsey, Pooley, Worsley, Willey, Worley

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Where is the Woolley family from?

You can see how Woolley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woolley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woolley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 53 Woolley families living in New Jersey. This was about 38% of all the recorded Woolley's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Woolley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Woolley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Woolley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Woolley. 13% of Woolley men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Woolley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woolley were Carpenter 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
    13%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Secretary
    8%
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Census Records

There are 153,000 census records available for the last name Woolley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woolley 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Woolley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Woolley. For the veterans among your Woolley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woolley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Woolley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Woolley in 1943 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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