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Origins of the Foley surname

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About the Foleys

We have a total number of 113845 records for people with the last name Foley.

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Where do most Foleys live?

In 1921, most Foleys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Foleys

How common is your surname?

835th most common surname in the UK

We have 35,900 records for the Foley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Foleys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Foley first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Foleys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Foleys in 1921




Domestic Servant






Common Male occupations for Foleys in 1921
General Labourer


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


Coal Miner


Dock Labourer




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