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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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Where is the Gailey family from?

You can see how Gailey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gailey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gailey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Gailey families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 35% of all the recorded Gailey's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gailey families in 1840.
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What did your Gailey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gailey. 23% of Gailey men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gailey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gailey were Farm Laborer and Maid.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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