Gilley Family History

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Gilley Name Meaning

Perhaps an altered spelling of Scottish Gillie, or an Americanized spelling of French Gillet.

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

Similar surnames: Cilley, Gulley, Milley, Killey, Dilley, Gilles, Gurley, Gillem

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Gilley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gilley. 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


  • France


  • Norway


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Gilley Family Origin

Where is the Gilley family from?

Gilley Family Occupations

What did your Gilley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilley. A less common occupation for the Gilley family was Laborer. The most common Gilley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Gilley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Gilley Historical Records

What Gilley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Gilley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilley 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 Gilley. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Gilley. For the veterans among your Gilley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilley Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilley lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gilley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gilley in 1944 was 28, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilley 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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