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Gilley Family History

Gilley Name Meaning

Perhaps an altered spelling of Scottish Gillie, or an Americanized spelling of French Gillet.

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


Similar surnames: Cilley, Gulley, Milley, Killey, Dilley, Gilles, Gurley, Gillem

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Where is the Gilley family from?

You can see how Gilley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 39 Gilley families living in British Columbia. This was about 34% of all the recorded Gilley's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Gilley families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gilley. 34% of Gilley men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Gilley women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilley were Student and School 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
    34%
  • Journalier
    14%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Student
    14%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
    40%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • School Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Gilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilley 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 Gilley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Gilley. For the veterans among your Gilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gilley in 1944 was 28, and 71 in 2004.

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