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Gulley Name Meaning

English: descriptive nickname for a giant or a large man, from Middle English golias ‘giant’, from the Hebrew personal name Golyat Goliath. In the Bible Goliath was the champion of the Philistines, who stood ‘six cubits and a span’; he was defeated in single combat by the shepherd boy David (I Samuel 17), who killed him with a stone from his sling. There is unlikely to be any connection with the English vocabulary word gully (from Old French goulet ‘neck of a bottle’), which is not attested in this sense before the 17th century. Perhaps an altered spelling of French Goulley, a variant of Goulet.

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


Similar surnames: Galley, Gurley, Pulley, Tilley, Fuller, Gilley, Bulley, Hulley, Alley

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Where is the Gulley family from?

You can see how Gulley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gulley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gulley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Gulley families living in Tennessee. This was about 33% of all the recorded Gulley's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Gulley families in 1840.
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What did your Gulley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gulley. 28% of Gulley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gulley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gulley were Salesman and Laborer.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%
  • Salesman
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gulley. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Gulley. For the veterans among your Gulley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gulley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gulley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gulley in 1943 was 23, and 69 in 2004.

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