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Hurley Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the three places called Hurley (Somerset Warwickshire Berkshire). The Warwickshire and Berkshire placenames derive from Old English hyrne ‘angle corner’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Somerset placename for a minor place near Crowcombe may have the same origin but this cannot be certain due to a lack of medieval forms. Irish (Munster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUrthuile ‘descendant of Urthuile’ a personal name possibly meaning ‘great flood’. Irish: variant of Herlihy . Irish: variant of Murley

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


Similar surnames: Harley, Murley, Durley, Huxley, Hulley, Burley, Curley, Turley

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Where is the Hurley family from?

You can see how Hurley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hurley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hurley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 997 Hurley families living in London. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hurley's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hurley families in 1891.
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What did your Hurley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hurley. 14% of Hurley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Hurley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hurley were Bricklayer and Domestic Servant. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Hurley. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Hurley. For the veterans among your Hurley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hurley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hurley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hurley in 1941 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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