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This medieval English surname, with variant spellings Vorley, Warley, Worsley, Worley, Woorsley etc., is of English locational origin. It can derive from any of a number of places in countied in such diverse counties as Lancashire, Somerset, and Essex, and the only slight indication of origin is that certain counties or regions are sometimes associated with specific spellings. The village names themselves have different meanings making the etymology of the name extremely complex. The Lancashire 'Worsley' is recorded as 'Werkesleia' in the 1196 Pipe Rolls of that county, and has for its first element the Old English personal name 'Weorchaeth', plus 'leah...

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