Begley Family History

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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’. Possibly an altered spelling of German Böckle or Swiss Böckli, variants of Bock or of Böckler, an occupational name for a buckle maker or carrier, Middle Low German bokeler.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Begley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Begley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Begley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Begley Family Origin

Where is the Begley family from?

Begley Family Occupations

What did your Begley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Begley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Begley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Begley family was Cabinet Maker. Farmer, Going To School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Begley.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Labourer

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Begley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Begley Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Begley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Begley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Begley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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