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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 Family Origin

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Harley Family Occupations

What did your Harley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Harley. 10% of Harley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Harley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harley were Postman and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Farm Labourer
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%
  • Postman
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%

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

Harley Historical Records

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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

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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.

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