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Golly Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): variant of Gulley. German: variant of Gohl, or in the south of Goll.

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

Similar surnames: Goley, Goll, Holly, Gully, Gilly, Gally, Boley, Goldy, Soll, Doll

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Where is the Golly family from?

You can see how Golly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Golly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Golly families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Golly families living in New York. This was about 75% of all the recorded Golly's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Golly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Golly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Golly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Golly. 27% of Golly men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Golly women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Golly were Proprietor and Maid.

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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
  • Manager
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Nurse
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Golly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Golly 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 692 immigration records available for the last name Golly. 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 859 military records available for the last name Golly. For the veterans among your Golly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Golly lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Golly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Golly in 1962 was 71, and 85 in 2004.

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