Varley Family History

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Varley Name Meaning

habitational name from Varley or Varleys in Devon, or any of the other places in southwestern England named in Old English as ‘fern clearing’ (see Farley), the change from f to v arising from voicing of f which is characteristic of that area. (of Norman origin) habitational name from Verly in Aisne, Picardy, France, so named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Virilius + the locative suffix -acum, or from Vesly (La Manche); surnames of this origin are recorded in Suffolk from the 13th century. However, the overwhelming preponderence of the modern surname is in West Yorkshire.

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

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

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Varley Family Origin

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Varley Family Occupations

What did your Varley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Cotton Weaver and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Varley. The most common Varley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Varley's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Varley family was Joiner.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farmer

  • Joiner


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

Varley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Varley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Varley 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 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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Draft Card

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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Varley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Varley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Varley 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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