Quail Family History

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Quail Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phóil (see McFall). Irish: variant of Quill 1. English: from Middle English quaille ‘quail’, a nickname for a timorous, lecherous, or fat person, all qualities that were ascribed to the bird. In one family this is an Americanized form of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental surname Kvalvaser, meaning ‘spring water’ in Yiddish.

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

Similar surnames: Vail, Quain, Quant, Quill, Nail, Cain, Quan, Fail, Bail, Quade

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Quail Family Origin

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Quail Family Occupations

What did your Quail ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Quail family was Draper. The most common Quail occupation in the UK was Iron Miner. 12% of Quail's were Iron Miners. Iron Miner, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Quail.

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  • Iron Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Draper


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

Quail Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Quail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Quail 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Quail. 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 Quail. For the veterans among your Quail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Quail Life Expectancy

What is the average Quail lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Quail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Quail in 1945 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Quail

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Quail 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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