Galway Family History

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Galway Name Meaning

Irish: probably a variant of Scottish Galloway, rather than a habitational name from the place of this name in southern Connacht. During the Middle Ages Galways were wealthy merchants on the south coast of Ireland, but now the name is largely confined to Ulster.

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

Similar surnames: Gadway, Galley, Galvan, Garay, Balay, Galloway, Selway, Gallaway

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Galway Family Origin

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Galway Family Occupations

What did your Galway ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Railway Clerk and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Galway. 34% of Galway men worked as a Railway Clerk and 73% of Galway women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galway were Lead Iron steel Metal Mard and Domestic Duties Unpaid

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Railway Clerk
  • Builders Labourer
  • Lead Iron steel Metal Mard

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Galway Historical Records

What Galway family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Galway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Galway 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Galway. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Galway. For the veterans among your Galway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Galway Life Expectancy

What is the average Galway lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Galway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Galway in 1957 was 43, and 66 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Galway

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Galway 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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