Worsley Family History

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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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Worsley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Worsley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Worsley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Worsley Family Origin

Where is the Worsley family from?

Worsley Family Occupations

What did your Worsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Worsley. A less common occupation for the Worsley family was Engineer. The most common Worsley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Worsley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Engineer


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Worsley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Worsley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Worsley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Worsley. 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 Card

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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Worsley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Worsley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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