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Wortley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Wortley in Tankersley (Yorkshire) or Lower Upper or New Wortley in Armley (Yorkshire) or (least likely) Wortley in Wotton under Edge (Gloucestershire). The place in Tankersley derives from Old English wyrt ‘plant vegetable’ + lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’. The place in Armley derives from an Old English personal name Wyrca or Weorca + Old English lēah. The Gloucestershire placename derives from Old English wyrt + lēah.

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


Similar surnames: Worsley, Worley, Hartley, Wormley, Woolley, Ottley, Morley, Horsley

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You can see how Wortley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wortley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wortley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 12 Wortley families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Wortley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wortley families in 1911.
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What did your Wortley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wortley. 100% of Wortley men worked as a Labourer. .

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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

  • Labourer
    100%
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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Wortley. For the veterans among your Wortley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wortley lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wortley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Wortley in 1958 was 62, and 68 in 2004.

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