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Hailes Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Hailes in Lothian, originally in East Lothian, named from the Middle English genitive or plural form of hall ‘hall’. English: habitational name from Hailes in Gloucestershire, which is named from an old British river name meaning ‘polluted’. Compare Welsh halog ‘dirty’. English: variant spelling of Hales.

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


Similar surnames: Hales, Hanley, Hailey, Bailes, Sales, Hails, Halle, Haile, Hames

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Where is the Hailes family from?

You can see how Hailes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hailes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hailes families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Hailes families living in Kentucky. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hailes's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Hailes families in 1840.
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What did your Hailes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hailes. 27% of Hailes men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Hailes women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hailes were Textile and Housekeeper.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • Textile
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Servant
    50%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 959 immigration records available for the last name Hailes. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Hailes. For the veterans among your Hailes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hailes lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Hailes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Hailes in 1955 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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