Horsley Family History

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Horsley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Northumberland, Staffordshire, and Surrey, so named from Old English hors ‘horse’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. The reference is probably to a place where horses were put out to pasture. The surname is widespread in north-central England.

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

Similar surnames: Worsley, Horsey, Housley, Hartley, Morley, Hockley, Thorley, Wortley

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Horsley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Horsley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Horsley. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Horsley Family Origin

Where is the Horsley family from?

Horsley Family Occupations

What did your Horsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Clerk and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Horsley. The most common Horsley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 56% of Horsley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Horsley family was Farmer Son.

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  • Farmer

  • Clerk

  • Farm Labourer

  • Farmer Son


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

Horsley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Horsley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Horsley 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Horsley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Horsley. For the veterans among your Horsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Horsley Life Expectancy

What is the average Horsley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Horsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Horsley in 1945 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Horsley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Horsley 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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