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Gawley Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGauley, a variant of McCauley. probably an Americanized form of German Golle, a variant of Gohl 1.

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


Similar surnames: Galley, Cawley, Gauley, Ganley, Gatley, Pasley, Dawley, Gailey

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Where is the Gawley family from?

You can see how Gawley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gawley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gawley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Gawley family living in Louisiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Gawley's in the USA. Louisiana and 2 other states had the highest population of Gawley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gawley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gawley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gawley. 28% of Gawley men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Gawley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gawley were Marine Engineer and School Teacher.

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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
    28%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Marine Engineer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    43%
  • Bookkeeper
    29%
  • School Teacher
    29%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gawley. 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 489 military records available for the last name Gawley. For the veterans among your Gawley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gawley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gawley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Gawley in 1963 was 69, and 86 in 2004.

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