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Halligan Family History

Halligan Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁilleagán ‘descendant of Áilleagán’ a double diminutive of áille ‘beauty’. There has been confusion between this Ulster surname and the similarly derived Cork name Hallahan .

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

Similar surnames: Galligan, Hallinan, Hallahan, Hartigan, Gilligan, Hallin, Halloran

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Where is the Halligan family from?

You can see how Halligan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Halligan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Halligan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 200 Halligan families living in Lancashire. This was about 53% of all the recorded Halligan's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Halligan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Halligan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Halligan 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 Halligan. 27% of Halligan men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Halligan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Halligan were Butler and Housewife. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer (below
  • Butler

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Halligan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Halligan 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Halligan. 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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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Halligan. For the veterans among your Halligan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Halligan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Halligan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Halligan in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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