Gall Family History

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Gall Name Meaning

Scottish, Irish, and English: nickname, of Celtic origin, meaning ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’. In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century. The surname is also found at an early date in Lincolnshire, where it apparently has a Breton origin, having been introduced by Breton followers of the Norman Conquerors. French, German, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Danish, etc.: from a personal name (Gallus in Latin) which was widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages, due to the cult of a 7th-century Irish monk and missionary, St. Gall. He established a Christian settlement to the south of Lake Constance, which became the monastery later known as St. Gallen. His name was taken into Czech as Havel and into Polish as Gawel, the extra syllable being introduced by analogy with Latin Paulus, which yielded Czech Pavel and Polish Pawel. Hungarian (Gáll): variant of Gál (see Gal).

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

Similar surnames: Gal, Gale, Gill, Galla, Hall, Wall, Ball, Call, Galle, Goll

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Gall Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gall name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gall. 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


  • France


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Gall Family Origin

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Gall Family Occupations

What did your Gall ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gall. A less common occupation for the Gall family was Going To School. The most common Gall occupation in Canada was Farmer. 17% of Gall's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Clerk

  • Going To School


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

Gall Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Gall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gall 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Gall. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Gall. For the veterans among your Gall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gall Life Expectancy

What is the average Gall lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gall in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gall 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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