Barley Family History

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Barley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barley. Those in Lancashire and West Yorkshire are named with Old English bar ‘wild boar’ or bere ‘barley’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. A place of the same name in Hertfordshire has as its first element an unattested Old English byname Be(o)ra (from bera ‘bear’). English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of barley, from Old English bærlic, originally an adjective derivative of bær ‘barley’ (a byform of bere). Altered spelling of South German Behrle or Beerli, from a Germanic personal name formed with Old High German bero ‘bear’ (the animal).

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

Similar surnames: Bailey, Bagley, Berley, Marley, Harley, Burley, Batley, Varley

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Barley Family Origin

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Barley Family Occupations

What did your Barley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Iron Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barley. The most common Barley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Barley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Barley family was Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Iron Miner

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Barley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barley 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Barley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Barley. For the veterans among your Barley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barley Life Expectancy

What is the average Barley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Barley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Barley in 1949 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Barley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barley 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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