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Wooley Surname Meaning

English: variant of Woolley .

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


Similar surnames: Worley, Hooley, Tooley, Willey, Polley, Woolf, Mozley, Otley, Roley

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Where is the Wooley family from?

You can see how Wooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wooley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 308 Wooley families living in Lancashire. This was about 18% of all the recorded Wooley's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Wooley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wooley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wooley 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 Wooley. 21% of Wooley men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Wooley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wooley were Public Works Labourer and Domestic Servant. .

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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
    21%
  • Colliery Hewer
    7%
  • Commissionaire Watch Staff
    5%
  • Public Works Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Wooley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wooley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Wooley. 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 Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Wooley. For the veterans among your Wooley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wooley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wooley in 1943 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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