Gorley Family History

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Gorley Name Meaning

Northern English variant of Scottish Gourley. Possibly also an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé (see Gurley).

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

Similar surnames: Gurley, Gorney, Morley, Gooley, Gordley, Worley, Goley, Corsey

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Gorley Family Origin

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Gorley Family Occupations

What did your Gorley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gorley family was Factory Operative. The most common Gorley occupation in the UK was Stone Mason. 14% of Gorley's were Stone Masons. Stone Mason, Chimmeny Pot Maker (Earth) and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gorley.

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  • Stone Mason

  • Chimmeny Pot Maker (Earth)

  • Coal Miner

  • Factory Operative


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

Gorley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gorley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Gorley

Passenger List

There are 797 immigration records available for the last name Gorley. 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 Gorley. For the veterans among your Gorley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gorley Life Expectancy

What is the average Gorley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Gorley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Gorley in 1958 was 37, and 61 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gorley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gorley 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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