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Clay Family History

Clay Name Meaning
English: from Old English cl?g ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit (see Clayman).Americanized spelling of German Klee.

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

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Name Distribution of Clay Families

  • Number of Clay families
     258 - 514
     87 - 257
     1 - 86
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Clay families
     676 - 1,350
     226 - 675
     1 - 225
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Clay families
     12 - 22
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Clay Family Origin

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Clay Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Clay

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Clay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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