Vail Family History

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Vail Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Vale. Scottish: shortened form of Macvail, a variant of Macphail, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phàil ‘son of Paul’. Irish: variant of Veale.

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


Similar surnames: Cain, Fail, Gail, Vaile, Vails, Veil, Lail, Dail, Kain, Nail

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Vail Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Vail name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Vail. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    49%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    21%

  • Germanic Europe

    9%

  • Norway

    3%

  • France

    3%

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Vail Family Origin

Where is the Vail family from?

Vail Family Occupations

What did your Vail ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Vail occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Vail's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Vail family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Vail.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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

Vail Historical Records

What Vail family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 85,000 census records available for the last name Vail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vail 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Vail. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Vail. For the veterans among your Vail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Vail Life Expectancy

What is the average Vail lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Vail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Vail in 1943 was 57, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Vail

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vail 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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