Turley Family History

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Turley Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Toirdealbhaigh, a patronymic from the personal name Toirdhealbhach, a personal name meaning ‘like Thor’ or ‘like thunder’, composed of the Old Norse name þórr (see Thor) + Gaelic dealbhach ‘like’, ‘in the shape of’. Compare McCurley, from the lenited form. Altered spelling of German Thurley, from a personal name formed with Old High German tiuri ‘dear’, ‘valuable’ + lih (?), related to Gothic leiks ‘body’, ‘shape’.

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

Similar surnames: Murley, Durley, Hurley, Turkel, Curley, Dudley, Gurley, Turner

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Turley Family Origin

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Turley Family Occupations

What did your Turley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Turley. A less common occupation for the Turley family was Iron Worker. The most common Turley occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Turley's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Iron Worker


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

Turley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Turley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turley 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Turley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Turley. For the veterans among your Turley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Turley Life Expectancy

What is the average Turley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Turley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Turley in 1947 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Turley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Turley 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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