Gilkey Family History

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Gilkey Name Meaning

Northern Irish: unexplained. It may be a pet form of the Scottish personal name Gilchrist.

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

Similar surnames: Gilkes, Wilkey, Dickey, Galley, Hilke, Tilley, Wiley, Milkey, Hilley

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Gilkey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilkey name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Gilkey Family Origin

Where is the Gilkey family from?

Gilkey Family Occupations

What did your Gilkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gilkey family was Farming. The most common Gilkey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Gilkey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilkey.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Farming


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

Gilkey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Gilkey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilkey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilkey. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gilkey. For the veterans among your Gilkey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilkey Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilkey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gilkey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Gilkey in 1940 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilkey 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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