Gurley Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Gurley Name Meaning

English (Warwickshire): apparently a variant of Gourley or Gorley. Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé, from Old French gourle ‘money belt’. Its application as a surname is not clear; it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such receptacles, or perhaps a nickname for someone who was tight with his money. Alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of German Gerling or Gerlich.

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

Similar surnames: Gulley, Curley, Gorley, Galley, Burley, Murley, Hurley, Turley, Buley

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Gurley Family Origin

Where is the Gurley family from?

Gurley Family Occupations

What did your Gurley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gurley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Gurley's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Gurley family was Butler. Agricultural Labourer, Baker and Brewer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gurley.

View Census data for Gurley | Data not to scale

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Baker

  • Brewer

  • Butler


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

Gurley Historical Records

What Gurley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Gurley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gurley 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 Gurley

Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gurley. 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.

View all Gurley immigration records

Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Gurley. For the veterans among your Gurley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Gurley military records

You've only scratched the surface of Gurley family history.

Gurley Life Expectancy

What is the average Gurley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gurley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gurley in 1944 was 23, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gurley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gurley 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.

Look up another name