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Gadway Family History

Gadway Surname Meaning

Altered form of French Gadouas: very rare variant of Gadois possibly derived from a personal name based on the ancient Germanic element wad ‘pledge security’. Alternatively perhaps a nickname derived from the Old French verb gaudir ‘to enjoy to rejoice’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Galway, Gasaway, Radway, Rada, Garay, Ordway, Salway, Gadsby, Aday

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Where is the Gadway family from?

You can see how Gadway families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gadway family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Gadway families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Gadway families living in Kent. This was about 46% of all the recorded Gadway's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Gadway families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gadway surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gadway ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gadway. 39% of Gadway men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Gadway women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gadway were Salesman and House Keeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    39%
  • Farmer
    28%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    40%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • House Keeper
    20%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gadway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gadway 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 40 immigration records available for the last name Gadway. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 149 military records available for the last name Gadway. For the veterans among your Gadway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gadway lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Gadway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gadway in 1962 was 79, and 78 in 2004.

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