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Galles Name Meaning

Germanized spelling of the French name Gallois (meaning ‘Gallic’), which was taken to Germany by Huguenot refugees who settled east of the Rhine. In some cases possibly Catalan Gallès, an ethnic name from gallès ‘Gallic’, from Late Latin gallense.

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


Similar surnames: Gilles, Valles, Salles, Balles, Galley, Galle, Galler, Gayles, Gallas

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Where is the Galles family from?

You can see how Galles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Galles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Galles families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Galles family living in Virginia. This was 100% of all the recorded Galles's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Galles families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Galles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Galles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Galles. 21% of Galles men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Galles women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galles were Salesman and Waitress.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Seamstress
    17%
  • Bookkeeper
    13%
  • Waitress
    13%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Galles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galles 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 507 immigration records available for the last name Galles. 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 740 military records available for the last name Galles. For the veterans among your Galles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Galles lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Galles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Galles in 1956 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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