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Gay Family History

Gay Name Meaning
English and French: nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai. In Middle English the term could also mean ‘wanton’, ‘lascivious’ and this sense may lie behind the surname in some instances.English (of Norman origin): habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.probably from the Catalan personal name Gai (Latin Gaius), or in some cases a nickname from Catalan gay ‘cheerful’.Variant of German Gau.North German: from a Frisian personal name Gay.

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

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Name Distribution of Gay Families

  • Number of Gay families
     291 - 580
     98 - 290
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gay families
     339 - 675
     114 - 338
     1 - 113
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gay families
     93 - 183
     32 - 92
     1 - 31
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gay Family Origin

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Gay Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Gay

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Gay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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