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Gaffney Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gamhna ‘descendant of Gamhain’, a byname meaning ‘calf’. On occasion the English surname Caulfield was adopted as equivalent. Possibly an altered spelling of Swiss German Gaf(f)ner, a topographic name for a cottage dweller, from dialect Gafene ‘large basket’, ‘Alpine (dairy) hut’.

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

Similar surnames: Gaffner, Gaffey, Gainey, Duffney, Carney, Laffey, Nanney, Gosney

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Where is the Gaffney family from?

You can see how Gaffney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaffney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaffney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 421 Gaffney families living in Lancashire. This was about 48% of all the recorded Gaffney's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Gaffney families in 1891.
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What did your Gaffney ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Gaffney. 24% of Gaffney men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Gaffney women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaffney were Electrical Engineer and Incapacitated.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Electrical Engineer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Gaffney. For the veterans among your Gaffney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaffney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gaffney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Gaffney in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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