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Lay Family History

Lay Name Meaning
English: variant of Lee.Scottish: reduced variant of McClay.French: habitational name from places so named in Loire, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Pyrénées-Atlantique.German: habitational name from places so named, in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria, named with lay(h), a word meaning ‘stone’, ‘rock’, ‘slate’.

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

832,116 Historical Documents with Lay on Ancestry.com
163,005 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
27,152 Military Records
15,647 Immigration Records
123,766 Census and Voter Lists
502,546 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Lay Families

  • Number of Lay families
     120 - 238
     41 - 119
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lay families
     300 - 597
     101 - 299
     1 - 100
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lay families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Lay census records

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Lay Family Origin

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Lay Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Lay families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Lay

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Lay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Lay census records

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Lay Civil War Service Records

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