Morley Family History

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Morley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places called Morley (for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, County Durham, Norfolk, and West Yorkshire), or Moreleigh in Devon, all of which are named from Old English mor ‘marsh’, ‘fen’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Possibly an altered spelling of French Morlet, a nickname from a diminutive of Old French mor ‘brown’, ‘dark’ (from Latin Maurus ‘Moor’).

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


Similar surnames: Marley, Worley, Mosley, Corley, Murley, Manley, Coley, Godley, Moxley

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Morley Family Origin

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Morley Family Occupations

What did your Morley 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 Morley. 3% of Morley men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Morley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morley were Agricultural Labourer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    1%
  • Builders Labourer
    1%
  • Agricultural Labourer
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    52%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    1%

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

Morley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 303,000 census records available for the last name Morley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Morley 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Morley. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Morley. For the veterans among your Morley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Morley Life Expectancy

What is the average Morley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Morley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Morley in 1942 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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