Galligan Family History

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Galligan Name Meaning

Southern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gealagáin ‘descendant of Gealagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of geal ‘bright’, ‘white’.

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

Similar surnames: Halligan, Gilligan, Gillian, Gallivan, Nelligan, Milligan, Hallinan

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Galligan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Galligan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Galligan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Galligan Family Origin

Where is the Galligan family from?

Galligan Family Occupations

What did your Galligan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Galligan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 17% of Galligan's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Galligan. A less common occupation for the Galligan family was Miner.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Galligan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Galligan Historical Records

What Galligan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Galligan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galligan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Galligan. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Galligan. For the veterans among your Galligan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Galligan Life Expectancy

What is the average Galligan lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Galligan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Galligan in 1946 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Galligan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Galligan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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