Burley Family History

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Burley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Hampshire, Rutland, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire, named Burley from Old English burh ‘fortified manor’, ‘stronghold’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized spelling of Swiss German Bürli, from a diminutive of bur ‘peasant’, ‘farmer’ (see Bauer).

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

Similar surnames: Barley, Durley, Burnley, Hurley, Bulley, Berley, Burden, Burney

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Burley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Burley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Burley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Burley Family Origin

Where is the Burley family from?

Burley Family Occupations

What did your Burley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Burley family was Cotton Operative. The most common Burley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Burley's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burley.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Cotton Operative


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

Burley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Burley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burley 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 Burley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Burley. For the veterans among your Burley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burley Life Expectancy

What is the average Burley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Burley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Burley in 1943 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Burley 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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