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Warley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more places so named such as Great and Little Warley (Essex) Warley Salop and Warley Wigorn (Worcestershire) Warley (Yorkshire) Warleigh in Bathford (Somerset) and Warleigh House in Tamerton Foliot (Devon). The Essex and Somerset placenames derive from Old English wer wær ‘weir’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Worcestershire placename may derive from a lost stream-name (of uncertain origin) or Old English weorf ‘cattle’ + lēah. The Yorkshire placename probably derives from the Old English personal name Wērlāf + Old English lēah. The Devon placename probably derives from Old English weard ‘watch’ + lēah. There may have been some confusion with Worley and Whaley .

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


Similar surnames: Barley, Varley, Harley, Marley, Farley, Worley, Wadley, Carley

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Where is the Warley family from?

You can see how Warley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Warley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Warley families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 17 Warley families living in Quebec. This was about 26% of all the recorded Warley's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Warley families in 1911.
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What did your Warley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Warley. 27% of Warley men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Warley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Warley were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Carpenter
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 894 immigration records available for the last name Warley. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Warley. For the veterans among your Warley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Warley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Warley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Warley in 1943 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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