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Barclay Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name of English origin, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Bartley, Barley, Batley, Marley, Tarpley, Burcham, Eardley, Varley

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Where is the Barclay family from?

You can see how Barclay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barclay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barclay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 38 Barclay families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 26% of all the recorded Barclay's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Barclay families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Barclay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Barclay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barclay. 15% of Barclay men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Barclay women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barclay were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Barclay. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Barclay. For the veterans among your Barclay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barclay lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Barclay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Barclay in 1943 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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