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Gawfnay Family History

Gawfnay Surname Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Gaffney, Gandy, Garay, Tawney, Gadway, Galway, Garibay, Gabay, Garney

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Where is the Gawfnay family from?

You can see how Gawfnay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gawfnay family name was found in Scotland in 1881. In 1881 there were 2 Gawfnay families living in Midlothian. This was 100% of all the recorded Gawfnay's in Scotland. Midlothian had the highest population of Gawfnay families in 1881.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gawfnay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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

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Census Records

There are 2 census records available for the last name Gawfnay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gawfnay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Gawfnay. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gawfnay. For the veterans among your Gawfnay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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