Gurley Family History
Gurley Name Meaning
English (Warwickshire): apparently a variant of Gourley or Gorley. Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé, from Old French gourle ‘money belt’. Its application as a surname is not clear; it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such receptacles, or perhaps a nickname for someone who was tight with his money. Alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of German Gerling or Gerlich.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press