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The MORLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 10,815 3072 0.004 40
United States (1880 census) 2,420 2521 0.005 48
Change since 1880 +8395 -551 -0.001 -8
Other Countries
Australia 2,689 586 0.016 164
United Kingdom 15,817 362 0.034 344

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of MORLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MORLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MORLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MORLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 326 3.01
White (Hispanic) 186 1.72
Mixed Race 105 0.97
Asian/Pacific 51 0.47
Native American/Alaskan 48 0.44
White (Caucasian) 10,100 93.39

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MORLEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MORLEY in historical publications

MORLEY. Parishes and places in cos. Derby, York, Norfolk, &c.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

(origin: Local) From Morlaix, in Brittany, France, and derived from the Welsh or British word mor, the sea, and ley, a valley. It is situated near the sea, on a river of the same name.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to MORLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MORLEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MORLEY

The following words are slight variants of MORLEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.