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From Old English wulf (wolf) + lēah (woodland clearing, glade). Equivalent to wolf +‎ -ley (lea).

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Woolley (countable and uncountable, plural Woolleys)

  1. A hamlet in Barham and Woolley parish, Huntingdonshire district, Cambridgeshire, England (OS grid ref TL1574).
  2. A village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England (OS grid ref SE3213).
  3. A habitational surname from Old English.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Woolley is the 5176th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 6749 individuals. Woolley is most common among White (90.49%) individuals.

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