Galen Family History

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Galen Name Meaning

Reduced form of the Dutch surname van Galen, a habitational name, probably from Gaal in the province of North Brabant, or perhaps from the German town of Gahlen in North Rhine-Westphalia. English: variant of Galyon.

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

Similar surnames: Palen, Gaden, Glen, Kalen, Walen, Gales, Garen, Gallen, Galler, Halen

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Galen Family Origin

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Galen Family Occupations

What did your Galen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Galen. A less common occupation for the Galen family was Steward(Ships). The most common Galen occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 33% of Galen's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Steward(Ships)


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

Galen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Galen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galen 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Galen. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Galen. For the veterans among your Galen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Galen Life Expectancy

What is the average Galen lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Galen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Galen in 1947 was 58, and 58 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Galen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Galen 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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