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Worley Name Meaning

English: most probably a habitational name, either from a variant spelling of Wortley, or alternatively from places in Essex and Somerset called Warley, named in Old English with wær, wer ‘weir’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, or from Warley in the West Midlands, which is named with Old English weorf ‘draft oxen’ + leah.

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

Similar surnames: Worsley, Wortley, Morley, Wormley, Corley, Willey, Woolley, Worl

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Where is the Worley family from?

You can see how Worley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Worley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Worley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 62 Worley families living in Ohio. This was about 28% of all the recorded Worley's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Worley families in 1840.
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What did your Worley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Worley. 20% of Worley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Worley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Worley were Farming 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 108,000 census records available for the last name Worley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Worley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Worley. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Worley. For the veterans among your Worley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Worley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Worley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Worley in 1944 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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