Folley Family History

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Folley Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the minor places in Wiltshire, Warwickshire, and other counties called (The) Folly, usually from Middle English folie in the sense ‘folly’, ‘foolish enterprise’, but otherwise from Old French feuillie ‘leafy bower or shelter’, later ‘clump of trees’. In some cases, the name may be topographic. nickname for an eccentric or foolish person, from Old French folie ‘foolishness’.

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

Similar surnames: Hollen, Filley, Holley, Boller, Olney, Gulley, Willey, Tilley, Onley

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Folley Family Origin

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Folley Family Occupations

What did your Folley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Folley. 2% of Folley men worked as a Farmer and 52% of Folley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Folley were Bricklayer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Farmer
  • General Labourer
  • Bread Salesman
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Folley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Folley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Folley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Folley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Folley. For the veterans among your Folley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Folley Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Folley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Folley in 1957 was 59, and 59 in 2004.

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