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Gal Name Meaning

Polish, Slovak (Gál), and Slovenian: from a personal name, Latin Gallus (see Gall), which was widespread in Europe in the Middle Ages. There are many pet forms and other derivatives of this personal name; the American surname could also be a shortening of any of them. See also Gall. Hungarian (Gál): from the ecclesiastical name Gál, a short form of Gál(l)os, from Latin Gallus (see Gall). French: from the personal name Gallus (see 1), the name of a 6th-century bishop of Clermont. French: habitational name for someone from either of two places named Saint Gal, in Lozère and Puy-de-Dôme, or from Saint Jal in Corrèze. French: nickname from southern French gal ‘rooster’ (Old French jal, Latin gallus). As a French name, it appears to have been brought to the U.S. by Swiss bearers. Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gal ‘wave’.

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


Similar surnames: Gale, Gall, Gay, Bal, Pal, Cal, Gaal, Gala, Gehl, Hall

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Where is the Gal family from?

You can see how Gal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gal families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Gal family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Gal's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gal families in 1840.
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What did your Gal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Sewing Machine Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gal. 44% of Gal men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Gal women worked as a Sewing Machine Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gal were Fireman 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

  • Laborer
    44%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • New Worker
    16%
  • Fireman
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Sewing Machine Operator
    20%
  • Strippers
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Maid
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Gal. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Gal. For the veterans among your Gal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gal lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Gal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Gal in 1961 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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