Gourley Family History

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Gourley Name Meaning

Scottish: of uncertain origin; possibly a Norman habitational name from an unidentified place in Normandy or England.

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

Similar surnames: Ousley, Curley, Gorley, Garley, Coursey, Gurley, Murley, Sousley

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Gourley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gourley name?

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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Gourley Family Origin

Where is the Gourley family from?

Gourley Family Occupations

What did your Gourley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Joiner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gourley. A less common occupation for the Gourley family was Charwoman. The most common Gourley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 10% of Gourley's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Joiner

  • Charwoman


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

Gourley Historical Records

What Gourley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Gourley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gourley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gourley. 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 Gourley. For the veterans among your Gourley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gourley Life Expectancy

What is the average Gourley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Gourley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gourley in 1947 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gourley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gourley 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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