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Thorley Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name, in most cases probably a variant of Thornley, although there are places called Thorley (in Hertfordshire (near Bishop’s Stortford) and in the Isle of Wight), which could have contributed to the surname; these are also named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Thornley, Thomley, Chorley, Torney, Worley, Horsley, Harley, Morley

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Thorley Family Origin

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Thorley Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    6%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Thorley family was Labourer. The most common Thorley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Thorley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thorley.

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Thorley Life Expectancy

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