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Curley Surname Meaning

Irish (Galway): shortened form of McCurley . English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of several places in northern France named Corlay for example in Côtes-d'Armor and Indre or possibly from Corlieu the former name of La Rue Saint Pierre in Oise. Reaney and Wilson suggest also it may have been a variant of the nickname Curlew after the bird Anglo-Norman French curleu. Native American (Navajo): ranslation into English of a Navajo personal name based on chishch’ilí ‘curly haired’ (see Chischilly ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Murley, Durley, Carley, Gurley, Hurley, Corley, Burley, Turley, Buley

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Where is the Curley family from?

You can see how Curley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Curley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Curley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 355 Curley families living in Lancashire. This was about 32% of all the recorded Curley's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Curley families in 1891.
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What did your Curley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Curley. 25% of Curley men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Curley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Curley were Cotton Spinner 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 1939

  • General Labourer
    25%
  • Builders Labourer
    13%
  • Bricklayer
    9%
  • Cotton Spinner
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Cotton Weaver
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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What is the average Curley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Curley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Curley in 1943 was 27, and 77 in 2004.

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