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Athey Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone dwelling ‘at the enclosure’, Middle English atte hey (from Old English (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’). Irish: variant of Athy.

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

Similar surnames: Athy, Withey, Batley, Alley, Abney, Askey, Althen, Rather, Oatley

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Where is the Athey family from?

You can see how Athey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Athey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Athey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Athey families living in Ohio. This was about 37% of all the recorded Athey's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Athey families in 1840.
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What did your Athey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Athey. 22% of Athey men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Athey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Athey 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Athey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Athey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Athey. 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 Athey. For the veterans among your Athey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Athey lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Athey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Athey in 1943 was 22, and 78 in 2004.

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