Townley Family History

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Townley Name Meaning

English (especially northwestern): habitational name from Towneley near Burnley in Lancashire, which is named with Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; or a topographic name for someone who lived at a clearing associated with a farm or village. The surname has also been established in Ireland since the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Towne, Cowley, Howley, Rowley, Torney, Thornley, Tenley, Bowley

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Townley Family Origin

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Townley Family Occupations

What did your Townley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Annuitant and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Townley. The most common Townley occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Townley's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Townley family was Farmer.

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  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Townley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Townley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Townley 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Townley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Townley. For the veterans among your Townley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Townley Life Expectancy

What is the average Townley lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Townley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Townley in 1946 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Townley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Townley 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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