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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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Where is the Gilkey family from?

You can see how Gilkey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilkey family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilkey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Gilkey families living in Maine. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gilkey's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Gilkey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilkey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilkey. 22% of Gilkey men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Gilkey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilkey were Mechanic 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
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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