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Varley Family History

Varley Surname Meaning

English: of Norman origin a habitational name from Vesly (Manche also Eure) Verly (Aisne) or Vrély (Somme). English: habitational name from Varley in Marwood (Devon) or Varleys in Petrockstow (Devon) from Old English fearn ‘fern’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’. English: southern variant of Farley . Irish (Galway and Mayo): possibly a variant of Varrelly a rare Irish surname of uncertain origin.

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

Similar surnames: Harley, Marley, Barley, Varney, Darley, Farley, Carley, Manley

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Where is the Varley family from?

You can see how Varley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Varley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Varley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,183 Varley families living in Yorkshire. This was about 51% of all the recorded Varley's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Varley families in 1891.
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What did your Varley 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 Varley. 9% of Varley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Varley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Varley were Insurance Agent and Private Means. .

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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
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Insurance Agent

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Varley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Varley. For the veterans among your Varley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Varley lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Varley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Varley in 1957 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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