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Gockley Family History

Gockley Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Gockler or Swiss Göckler, probably a nickname or an occupational name for a clown or entertainer, from an agent derivative of Middle High German gogelen ‘to clown’. Compare Gockel 2.

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


Similar surnames: Kackley, Gockel, Geckler, Reckley, Goodley, Jackley, Shockley, Ackley

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Where is the Gockley family from?

You can see how Gockley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gockley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gockley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Gockley families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Gockley's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gockley families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gockley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gockley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gockley. 39% of Gockley men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Gockley women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gockley were Attendant and Booking Tobacco. .

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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

  • Laborer
    39%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Attendant
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    40%
  • Waitress
    20%
  • Secretary
    20%
  • Booking Tobacco
    20%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gockley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gockley 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 54 immigration records available for the last name Gockley. 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 372 military records available for the last name Gockley. For the veterans among your Gockley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gockley lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gockley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Gockley in 1963 was 85, and 71 in 2004.

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