Harley Family History

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Harley Name Meaning

English (now mainly in Scotland; also West Midlands and Welsh border): habitational name from places in Shropshire and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English hær ‘rock’, ‘heap of stones’ or hara ‘hare’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. In some cases the name may be topographic. Irish: when not of English origin, this is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarghaile ‘descendant of Earghal’, a variant of the personal name Fearghal without the initial F- (see Farrell).

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


Similar surnames: Hartley, Hanley, Hurley, Halley, Hadley, Harle, Barley, Harvey

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Harley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    45%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    22%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    7%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Benin/Togo

    5%

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Harley Family Origin

Where is the Harley family from?

Harley Family Occupations

What did your Harley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Harley family was Coal Miner. The most common Harley occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Harley's were Labourers. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harley.

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  • Labourer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

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

Harley Historical Records

What Harley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 156,000 census records available for the last name Harley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harley 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Harley. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Harley. For the veterans among your Harley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harley Life Expectancy

What is the average Harley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Harley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Harley in 1942 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harley 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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