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Gawley Surname Meaning

Irish (Antrim): shortened and altered form of McCauley . Possibly an Americanized form of German Golle a variant of Gohl

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


Similar surnames: Galley, Cawley, Gauley, Ganley, Gatley, Pasley, Dawley, Gailey

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Where is the Gawley family from?

You can see how Gawley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gawley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gawley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 45 Gawley families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Gawley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gawley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gawley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gawley. 59% of Gawley men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Gawley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gawley were Labourer and Housekeeper. .

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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
    59%
  • Carpenter
    15%
  • Rancher
    12%
  • Labourer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
    50%
  • Housekeeper
    50%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Gawley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gawley 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 Gawley. 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 489 military records available for the last name Gawley. For the veterans among your Gawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gawley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Gawley in 1963 was 69, and 86 in 2004.

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