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Worley Surname Meaning

English:: habitational name with different origins. In the West Midlands this surname is most probably derived from Great or Little Wyrley in Norton Canes (Staffordshire). The placenames derive from Old English wīr ‘bog myrtle’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’. In the East Midlands the name is possibly from Worlick in Ramsey (Huntingdonshire) the etymology of the which is uncertain. In northern England possibly from Whirley in Over Alderley (Cheshire) which has the same etymology as the Staffordshire names. There may also be a further unlocated source of this habitational name in southern England. possibly an irregular variant of Wortley or Warley .

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


Similar surnames: Worsley, Wortley, Morley, Wormley, Corley, Willey, Woolley, Worl

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Where is the Worley family from?

You can see how Worley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Worley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Worley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 315 Worley families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Worley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Worley families in 1891.
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What did your Worley 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 Worley. 11% of Worley men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Worley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Worley were Carpenter 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
    11%
  • Bricklayer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Worley. For the veterans among your Worley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Worley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Worley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Worley in 1944 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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