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Galley Family History

Galley Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a seaman, from Middle English galy(e) ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (Old French galie, of uncertain origin). English: nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from a reduced form of the place name Galilee. Scottish: variant of Gall 1, from the derivative gallda or the collective form gallaich. German: presumably a derivative of Gall. Northern French: variant of Gallet. This name is also found in French Switzerland and may have been brought to the U.S. from there.

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

Similar surnames: Galler, Halley, Gulley, Galle, Alley, Gailey, Gawley, Talley, Manley

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Where is the Galley family from?

You can see how Galley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Galley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Galley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Galley families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Galley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Galley families in 1840.
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What did your Galley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Galley. 21% of Galley men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Galley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galley 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Galley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Galley. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Galley. For the veterans among your Galley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Galley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Galley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Galley in 1944 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

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