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Galey Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Galley. Ukrainian: nickname meaning ‘hasten’, ‘hurry’, from Proto-Slavic galiti ‘to shout’.

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

Similar surnames: Paley, Gailey, Galley, Gatley, Kaley, Ealey, Galen, Caley, Gales

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Where is the Galey family from?

You can see how Galey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Galey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Galey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Galey families living in Indiana. This was about 34% of all the recorded Galey's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Galey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Galey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Galey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Galey. 23% of Galey men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Galey women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galey were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Galey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galey 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 Galey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Galey. For the veterans among your Galey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Galey lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Galey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Galey in 1957 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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