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Cooley Name Meaning

Irish (Galway and Clare): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chúille ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Mochúille’ a rare Clare name or a shortened form of McCooley a variant of McCauley . English: perhaps a variant of Colley or Culley . Americanized form of German Kuhle or Kühle variants of Kuhl .

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


Similar surnames: Gooley, Dooley, Colley, Cowley, Cooney, Cogley, Coley, Corley, Tooley

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Where is the Cooley family from?

You can see how Cooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cooley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 216 Cooley families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Cooley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cooley families in 1891.
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What did your Cooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cooley. 18% of Cooley men worked as a Builders Labourer and 73% of Cooley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cooley were Unpaid Domestic Duties and Housewife. .

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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 1939

  • Builders Labourer
    18%
  • Plasterer
    11%
  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Cooley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Cooley. For the veterans among your Cooley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cooley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cooley in 1940 was 59, and 73 in 2004.

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