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

Where is the Galway family from?

Galway Family Occupations

What did your Galway ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Galway family was Blacksmith. The most common Galway occupation in the UK was Tailor. 11% of Galway's were Tailors. Tailor, Agricultural Labourer and Agrilcutural Lab were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Galway.

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  • Tailor

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Agrilcutural Lab

  • Blacksmith


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

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.

Search 1891 UK census records for Galway

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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