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Gall Name Meaning

Scottish Welsh and Irish: nickname from Celtic gall ‘foreigner stranger’ a word found in Irish Gaelic and Breton. In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century. This surname is also found at an early date in Lincolnshire where it apparently has a Breton origin (compare 4 below and Legall ) having been introduced by Breton followers of the Norman Conquerors. English (of Norman origin): variant of Gale . French German Danish Polish and Czech; Slovak (mainly Gáll); Hungarian (Gáll): from the Latin personal name Gallus originally a Roman surname meaning ‘Gaul’ or ‘rooster’ (see Gallo ). The name was widespread in Europe during the Middle Ages in central Europe largelly due to the cult of a 7th-century Irish monk and missionary Saint Gall whose name Latinized as Gallus is presumably of Celtic origin (see 1 above). Among other things Saint Gall established a Christian settlement to the south of Lake Constance which became the monastery later known as St. Gallen. The Latin(ized) name Gallus was taken into Czech as Havel into Polish as Gaweł (see Gawel ) into Slovak and Hungarian as Gál (see Gal ) and into Slovenian and Croatian as Gal . Breton (mainly Finistère; mainly Le Gall): cognate of 1 above; see Legall . It may however also be a cognate of 3 above especially when not formed with the French masculine definite article le.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gal, Gale, Gill, Galla, Hall, Wall, Ball, Call, Galle, Goll

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You can see how Gall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gall families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 153 Gall families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Gall's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gall families in 1891.
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What did your Gall ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gall. 15% of Gall men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Gall women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gall were Carpenter and Unpaid Domestic. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Carpenter joiner
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gall in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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