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Pooley Name Meaning

English: from Middle English pol(e) ‘pool pond’ + hei(i) ‘enclosure’ (Old English pōl + (ge)hæg) or perhaps from pol(e) + ei ‘island habitable land among marshes’ (Old English ēg). The name may be topographic for someone who lived near an enclosure by a pool or low-lying land or habitational from a place so named such as Pooley (now Hunt's Hall) in Pebmarsh (Essex) or Polly Shaw in Eynsford (Kent). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Poilley (Manche). English: variant of Pulley an ethnic name from Middle English Poille Poyle Apuelle which are representations of Apulia (Italy) and denote someone from there; Pulleis denotes ‘man of Apulia’.

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

Similar surnames: Hooley, Pooler, Paley, Woolley, Folley, Poley, Godley, Onley, Woodley

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You can see how Pooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pooley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 41 Pooley families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Pooley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pooley families in 1911.
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What did your Pooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Pooley. 34% of Pooley men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Pooley women worked as an Income. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
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What is the average Pooley lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Pooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Pooley in 1955 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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