Tolley Family History

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Tolley Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): from a pet form of the Middle English personal name Toll (see Towle).Probably an altered spelling of German Tolle.

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

Similar surnames: Tilley, Tooley, Toller, Talley, Holley, Lolley, Rolley, Colley

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Tolley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tolley name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Tolley Family Origin

Where is the Tolley family from?

Tolley Family Occupations

What did your Tolley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Teacher and Constable were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tolley. The most common Tolley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 45% of Tolley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Tolley family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Teacher

  • Constable

  • Labourer


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

Tolley Historical Records

What Tolley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Tolley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tolley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tolley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Tolley. For the veterans among your Tolley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tolley Life Expectancy

What is the average Tolley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Tolley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Tolley in 1949 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tolley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tolley 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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