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Worsley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Worsley, in Lancashire and Worcestershire. The former, which appears to be the main source of the surname, is probably named from the genitive case of an Old English personal name of uncertain form (probably with a first element weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. The first element of the latter is probably from the genitive case of Old English weorf ‘draft cattle’ (a collective noun).

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


Similar surnames: Wortley, Worley, Wormley, Horsley, Woosley, Mosley, Woolley, Wansley

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Where is the Worsley family from?

You can see how Worsley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Worsley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Worsley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Worsley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 22% of all the recorded Worsley's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Worsley families in 1840.
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What did your Worsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Worsley. 23% of Worsley men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Worsley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Worsley were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Worsley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Worsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Worsley in 1957 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

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