Vail Family History

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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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Vail Family Origin

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Vail Family Occupations

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. 38% of Vail men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Vail women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vail were Fisherman and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Student
  • Clerk

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Vail Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Vail Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Vail

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vail 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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