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Wortley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places in Yorkshire called Wortley. The one near Barnsley is named with Old English wyrt ‘plant’, ‘vegetable’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; the one near Leeds probably has as its first element an unattested Old English personal name, Wyrca, perhaps a short form of a compound name with a first element weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’.

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


Similar surnames: Worsley, Worley, Hartley, Wormley, Woolley, Ottley, Morley, Horsley

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Where is the Wortley family from?

You can see how Wortley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wortley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wortley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Wortley families living in Michigan. This was about 25% of all the recorded Wortley's in the USA. Michigan and 2 other states had the highest population of Wortley families in 1840.
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What did your Wortley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wortley. 34% of Wortley men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Wortley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wortley were Carpenter and Laundress.

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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
    34%
  • Farmer
    26%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    24%
  • Cook
    24%
  • Housewife
    18%
  • Laundress
    12%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Wortley. For the veterans among your Wortley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wortley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wortley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Wortley in 1958 was 62, and 68 in 2004.

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