Wales Family History

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Wales Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from Wale 1.

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

Similar surnames: Wailes, Wale, Eales, Walls, Hales, Wares, Males, Dales, Swales, Sales

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Wales Family Origin

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Wales Family Occupations

What did your Wales ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wales family was Builder. Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wales. The most common Wales occupation in Canada was Farmer. 17% of Wales's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • School

  • Builder


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

Wales Historical Records

What Wales family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Wales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wales 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Wales. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Wales. For the veterans among your Wales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wales Life Expectancy

What is the average Wales lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wales in 1943 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wales

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wales 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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