Galloway Family History

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Galloway Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from Galloway in southwestern Scotland, named as ‘place of the foreign Gaels’, from Gaelic gall ‘foreigner’ + Gaidheal ‘Gael’. From the 8th century or before it was a province of Anglian Northumbria. In the 9th century it was settled by mixed Gaelic-Norse inhabitants from the Hebrides and Isle of Man.

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

Similar surnames: Gallaway, Alloway, Galway, Callow, Gallo, Galley, Callaway, Gallia

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Galloway Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Galloway name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Galloway Family Origin

Where is the Galloway family from?

Galloway Family Occupations

What did your Galloway ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • School

  • Going To School


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

Galloway Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 193,000 census records available for the last name Galloway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galloway 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Galloway. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Galloway. For the veterans among your Galloway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Galloway Life Expectancy

What is the average Galloway lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Galloway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Galloway in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Galloway

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Galloway 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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