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Gail Family History

Gail Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Gale. French: nickname from Old French gail ‘cheerful’, ‘jolly’. German: variant of Geil.

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

Similar surnames: Fail, Hail, Gall, Garl, Bail, Vail, Nail, Gal, Gard, Cain

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Where is the Gail family from?

You can see how Gail families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gail family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gail families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 13 Gail families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Gail's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gail families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gail surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gail ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Gail. .

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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
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gail 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gail. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gail. For the veterans among your Gail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gail lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Gail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Gail in 1957 was 29, and 79 in 2004.

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