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Darley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more of the places called Darley such as Darley Hall in Worsborough and Darley in Menwith cum Darley (Yorkshire) Darley (alias Darley Dale) near Bakewell and Darley Abbey (both Derbyshire) Darley Hall in Over by Middlewich (Cheshire) a lost Derleigh in Little Bromley (Essex) Durley (Hampshire) and Durleigh (Somerset). From Old English dēor ‘beast deer’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. This surname was taken to Ireland in the 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Marley, Durley, Farley, Barley, Varley, Harley, Carley, Hanley

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Where is the Darley family from?

You can see how Darley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Darley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Darley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 82 Darley families living in Ontario. This was about 58% of all the recorded Darley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Darley families in 1911.
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What did your Darley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Darley. 60% of Darley men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Farmers Son
  • Labourer
  • Farm Help
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Darley. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Darley. For the veterans among your Darley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Darley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Darley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Darley in 1959 was 57, and 65 in 2004.

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