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Gall Name Meaning

Scottish, Irish, and English: nickname, of Celtic origin, meaning ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’. In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century. The surname is also found at an early date in Lincolnshire, where it apparently has a Breton origin, having been introduced by Breton followers of the Norman Conquerors. French, German, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Danish, etc.: from a personal name (Gallus in Latin) which was widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages, due to the cult of a 7th-century Irish monk and missionary, St. Gall. He established a Christian settlement to the south of Lake Constance, which became the monastery later known as St. Gallen. His name was taken into Czech as Havel and into Polish as Gawel, the extra syllable being introduced by analogy with Latin Paulus, which yielded Czech Pavel and Polish Pawel. Hungarian (Gáll): variant of Gál (see Gal).

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


Similar surnames: Gal, Gale, Gill, Galla, Hall, Wall, Ball, Call, Galle, Goll

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Where is the Gall family from?

You can see how Gall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gall families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 12 Gall families living in New Jersey. This was about 21% of all the recorded Gall's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Gall families in 1840.
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What did your Gall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gall. 19% of Gall men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Gall women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gall were Salesman and Clerk.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Gall. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Gall. For the veterans among your Gall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gall lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gall in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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