Gal Name Meaning

Polish, Slovak (Gál), and Slovenian: from a personal name, Latin Gallus (see Gall), which was widespread in Europe in the Middle Ages. There are many pet forms and other derivatives of this personal name; the American surname could also be a shortening of any of them. See also Gall. Hungarian (Gál): from the ecclesiastical name Gál, a short form of Gál(l)os, from Latin Gallus (see Gall). French: from the personal name Gallus (see 1), the name of a 6th-century bishop of Clermont. French: habitational name for someone from either of two places named Saint Gal, in Lozère and Puy-de-Dôme, or from Saint Jal in Corrèze. French: nickname from southern French gal ‘rooster’ (Old French jal, Latin gallus). As a French name, it appears to have been brought to the U.S. by Swiss bearers. Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gal ‘wave’.

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

Similar surnames: Gale, Gall, Gay, Bal, Pal, Cal, Gaal, Gala, Gehl, Hall

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In 1880, the most common Gal occupation in the USA was Butcher. 100% of Gal's were Butchers.

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Gal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Gal in 1961 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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