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Begley Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beaglaoich ‘descendant of Beaglaoch’ a personal name composed of the elements beag ‘small’ + laoch ‘hero’. Americanized form of South German Bögle (see Bogle ) or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname (compare Beckley ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Berley, Negley, Begle, Beagley, Fegley, Kegley, Magley, Besler

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Where is the Begley family from?

You can see how Begley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Begley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Begley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 114 Begley families living in Ontario. This was about 75% of all the recorded Begley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Begley families in 1911.
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What did your Begley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Begley. 61% of Begley men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Begley women worked as a Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Foreman
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Begley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Begley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Begley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Begley. For the veterans among your Begley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Begley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Begley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Begley in 1945 was 21, and 76 in 2004.

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