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Gallen Family History

Gallen Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal and Fermanagh): from Ó Galláin ‘descendant of Gallán’ a personal name from a diminutive of gall ‘cockrel’. English (Northumberland and Durham): variant of Gallon or Gallion .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Galley, Gillen, Allen, Galler, Galen, Kallen, Tallon, Fallen, Hallen

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Where is the Gallen family from?

You can see how Gallen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gallen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gallen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Gallen families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 75% of all the recorded Gallen's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gallen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gallen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gallen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gallen. 17% of Gallen men worked as a Clerk and 14% of Gallen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gallen were Farmer and Secretary. .

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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

  • Clerk
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Gallen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gallen 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gallen. 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 Gallen. For the veterans among your Gallen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gallen lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Gallen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gallen in 1957 was 41, and 84 in 2004.

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