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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Thorley mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Thorley

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Alt. Meaning

T is for touching, the way you show you are.

H is for heavenly, your spirit is strong.

O is for optimistic, look at the bright side!

R is for resourceful, in any challenge that comes your way

L is for love, everlasting.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

Y is for youthful, your eternal look.

Notable Persons Named Thorley

Thorley Walters was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1935 to 1991. Thorley was given the name Thorley Swinstead Walters on May 12th, 1913 in Teigngrace. He died on July 6th, 1991.


Thorley was born in 1873 in Standish, Wigan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thorley

Ken Thorley is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to 1986.


John was born in 1927 in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf. He died on July 12th, 2005.


Nathan was born on April 18th, 1993 in Cardiff, Wales.


Denny Thorley is a video game designer.


Joseph was born on August 7th, 1894 in Fernham. He left this life on December 26th, 1962.


Cliff Thorley is a soccer player for the Frickley Athletic F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Hull City A.F.C., Kidderminster Harriers F.C., Cheltenham Town F.C., and Bristol City F.C. Cliff was born in Wath, England.


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Popularity of Thorley as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thorley U.S.
  White 95.45% 64.26%
  African American 1.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thorley

People with the last name Thorley are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Thorley

  • How Popular is the name Thorley? As a last name Thorley was the 39,960th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Thorley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Thorley is Wednesday, December 19th, 1888.
  • How unique is the name Thorley? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Thorley. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Thorley: Your name in reverse order is Yelroht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lteyroh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thorley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 549 people with the last name Thorley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thorley? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Thorley as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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