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Mcclay Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Léigh (Scottish) or Mac an Leagha (Irish) ‘son of the physician’.

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


Similar surnames: Mccloy, Mccay, Mcclam, Mcclave, Mckay, Mccaw, Mcclory, Mcstay, Mccray

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Where is the Mcclay family from?

You can see how Mcclay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcclay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcclay families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 23 Mcclay families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Mcclay's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mcclay families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mcclay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mcclay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mcclay. 19% of Mcclay men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Mcclay women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcclay were Carpenter and Cook. .

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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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcclay. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Mcclay. For the veterans among your Mcclay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcclay lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Mcclay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Mcclay in 1945 was 27, and 72 in 2004.

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