Woolley Family History

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Woolley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. Most, including those in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, and West Yorkshire, are named from Old English wulf ‘wolf’ or perhaps the personal name or byname Wulf (see Wolf) + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. One example in Somerset, however, has as its first element Middle English wolle, wulle ‘spring’, ‘stream’ (see Wool 2).

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

Similar surnames: Woosley, Woodley, Wortley, Woolsey, Pooley, Worsley, Willey, Worley

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Woolley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Woolley name?

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


  • Sweden


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Woolley Family Origin

Where is the Woolley family from?

Woolley Family Occupations

What did your Woolley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Woolley family was Clerk. Farmer, Baker and Bourreur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Woolley. The most common Woolley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 75% of Woolley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Baker

  • Bourreur

  • Clerk


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

Woolley Historical Records

What Woolley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 153,000 census records available for the last name Woolley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woolley 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Woolley. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Woolley. For the veterans among your Woolley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Woolley Life Expectancy

What is the average Woolley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Woolley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Woolley in 1943 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Woolley 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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