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Vail Family History

Vail Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Vale. Scottish: shortened form of Macvail, a variant of Macphail, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phàil ‘son of Paul’. Irish: variant of Veale.

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

Similar surnames: Cain, Fail, Gail, Vaile, Vails, Veil, Lail, Dail, Kain, Nail

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Where is the Vail family from?

You can see how Vail families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vail family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vail families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 122 Vail families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Vail's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Vail families in 1911.
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What did your Vail ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Vail. 52% of Vail men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Vail women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vail were Carpenter and Student.

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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
  • Fisherman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 85,000 census records available for the last name Vail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vail 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Vail. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Vail. For the veterans among your Vail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vail lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Vail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Vail in 1943 was 57, and 73 in 2004.

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