Farley Family History

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Farley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Farley, of which there are examples in Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, and Staffordshire, from Old English as fearn ‘fern’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. See also Farleigh, Fairley, Fairlie. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fearghaile (see Farrelly).

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

Similar surnames: Fawley, Fairley, Harley, Carley, Darley, Barley, Marley, Varley

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Farley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Farley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Farley. 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


  • France


  • Norway


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Farley Family Origin

Where is the Farley family from?

Farley Family Occupations

What did your Farley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Laundress were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Farley. The most common Farley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Farley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Farley family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Laundress

  • Carpenter


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

Farley Historical Records

What Farley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 257,000 census records available for the last name Farley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farley 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Farley. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Farley. For the veterans among your Farley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Farley Life Expectancy

What is the average Farley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Farley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Farley in 1941 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Farley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Farley 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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