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Galley Family History

Galley Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name from Middle English galei(e) gallie ‘seagoing vessel with sails and oars galley’ (Old French galee galie) perhaps denoting an oarsman. English: variant of Galilee topographic or occupational name from Middle English galile(e) galilie ‘small chapel or porch at the entrance to a church’ possibly denoting someone who lived near a galilee or whose work was associated with one. Scottish: variant of Gailey . French: variant of Gallet Compare Galey . German: presumably a derivative of Gall .

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

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

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Where is the Galley family from?

You can see how Galley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Galley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Galley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 59 Galley families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Galley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Galley families in 1911.
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What did your Galley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Galley. 25% of Galley men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Galley women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galley were Machinist and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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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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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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.

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