Gailey Family History

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Gailey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Staffordshire named Gailey, from Old English gagel ‘bog-myrtle’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. In some instances, an altered spelling of South German Gailer (variant of Geiler) or of Swiss Gälli (see Gall).

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

Similar surnames: Bailey, Galley, Hailey, Gateley, Grimley, Batley, Hanley, Marley

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Gailey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gailey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gailey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gailey Family Origin

Where is the Gailey family from?

Gailey Family Occupations

What did your Gailey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gailey family was Carpenter. The most common Gailey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Gailey's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gailey.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Gailey Historical Records

What Gailey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Gailey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gailey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gailey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Gailey. For the veterans among your Gailey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gailey Life Expectancy

What is the average Gailey lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gailey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Gailey in 1942 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gailey 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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