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Friday Name Meaning

Americanized form (translation into English) of German or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Freitag . English: nickname from Middle English fridai ‘Friday’ perhaps for one born on a Friday or who paid rent or performed some regular service on a Friday. Compare Mondy . If the 17th-century phrases Friday face ‘gloomy expression’ and Friday food Friday feast ‘fast-day meal’ go back to the Middle Ages this might be a nickname for a solemn or gloomy person.

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

Similar surnames: Fridge, Freitag, Fray, Fereday, Hiday, Frady, Priddy, Fridley, Frisby

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Where is the Friday family from?

You can see how Friday families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Friday family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Friday families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Friday families living in South Carolina. This was about 20% of all the recorded Friday's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Friday families in 1840.
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What did your Friday ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Friday. 22% of Friday men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Friday women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Friday were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Friday. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Friday 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Friday. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 78,000 military records available for the last name Friday. For the veterans among your Friday ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Friday lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Friday life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Friday in 1949 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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