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Turley Surname Meaning

Irish (Down): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Toirdealbhaigh a patronymic from the personal name Toirdhealbhach a personal name based on an Irish form of the Old Norse name Thórr ‘Thunder’ + the Gaelic word dealbhach ‘like in the shape of’. Compare McCurley from the lenited form of the same name. Altered form of German Thurley from a personal name formed with Old High German tiuri ‘dear valuable’ + līh (?) related to Gothic leiks ‘body shape’. English (Staffordshire Worcestershire and Gloucestershire): variant of Thurlow or Trillo .

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

Similar surnames: Murley, Durley, Hurley, Turkel, Curley, Dudley, Gurley, Turner

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Where is the Turley family from?

You can see how Turley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 35 Turley families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Turley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Turley families in 1911.
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What did your Turley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Agent were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Turley. 31% of Turley men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Turley women worked as an Agent. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Journalier

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Agent
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Turley. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Turley. For the veterans among your Turley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turley lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Turley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Turley in 1947 was 66, and 75 in 2004.

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