Wortley Family History

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Wortley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places in Yorkshire called Wortley. The one near Barnsley is named with Old English wyrt ‘plant’, ‘vegetable’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; the one near Leeds probably has as its first element an unattested Old English personal name, Wyrca, perhaps a short form of a compound name with a first element weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’.

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

Similar surnames: Worsley, Worley, Hartley, Wormley, Woolley, Ottley, Morley, Horsley

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Wortley Family Origin

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Wortley Family Occupations

What did your Wortley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wortley. A less common occupation for the Wortley family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Wortley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Wortley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Wortley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Wortley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wortley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wortley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Wortley. For the veterans among your Wortley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wortley Life Expectancy

What is the average Wortley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wortley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Wortley in 1958 was 62, and 68 in 2004.

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