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Tilley Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Tilly-sur-Seulles (Calvados) or Tilly (Eure) France. English: habitational name from Tyley in Wotton under Edge (Gloucestershire) Tiley in Minterne Magna (Dorset) or Tilley (Shropshire). The Gloucestershire and Dorset placenames derive from Old English tigel ‘tile’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’. The Shropshire placename derives from an uncertain first element + Old English lēah. English: occupational name from Middle English tilie ‘one who tills the land a husbandman’. Compare Tiller . English: from a possible diminutive of the Middle English female personal name Till a pet form of Matilda. Irish: variant of Tully .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Tiller, Willey, Titley, Tilly, Cilley, Lilly, Pilley, Dilley, Tolley

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Where is the Tilley family from?

You can see how Tilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tilley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 616 Tilley families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Tilley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Tilley families in 1891.
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What did your Tilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Tilley. 7% of Tilley men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Tilley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tilley were Retired and Housewife. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Tilley. 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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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Tilley. For the veterans among your Tilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tilley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Tilley in 1942 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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