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Origins of the Vail surname

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About the Vails

We have a total number of 6539 records for people with the last name Vail.

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Where do most Vails live?

In 1921, most Vails lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Vails

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 3,310 records for the Vail surname. The oldest one dates back to 1850.

Who were Vails most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Vail first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Vails

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Vails in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


At Home


Common Male occupations for Vails in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers






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