Galley Family History

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Galley Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a seaman, from Middle English galy(e) ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (Old French galie, of uncertain origin). English: nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from a reduced form of the place name Galilee. Scottish: variant of Gall 1, from the derivative gallda or the collective form gallaich. German: presumably a derivative of Gall. Northern French: variant of Gallet. This name is also found in French Switzerland and may have been brought to the U.S. from there.

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


Similar surnames: Galler, Halley, Gulley, Galle, Alley, Gailey, Gawley, Talley, Manley

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Galley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Galley name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    44%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    21%

  • Germanic Europe

    12%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    5%

  • France

    4%

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Galley Family Origin

Where is the Galley family from?

Galley Family Occupations

What did your Galley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Galley family was School. Fisherman, Labourer and Scholar were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Galley. The most common Galley occupation in Canada was Fisherman. 14% of Galley's were Fishermans.

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  • Fisherman

    14%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Scholar

    7%
  • School

    7%

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

Galley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Galley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Galley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Galley. For the veterans among your Galley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Galley Life Expectancy

What is the average Galley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Galley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Galley in 1944 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Galley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Galley 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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