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Bay Name Meaning

English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses). English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Beaga (masculine) or Beage (feminine). Scottish: reduced form of McBeth. German: from the Germanic personal name Baio. The name is also found in Denmark and Norway, where it may be a short form of German Bayer or from baygh, originally a loan word from French denoting a type of fabric.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Kay, Ray, Gay, Day, Pay, Fay, Say, Bau

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Where is the Bay family from?

You can see how Bay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bay families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Bay families living in Ohio. This was about 34% of all the recorded Bay's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bay families in 1840.
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What did your Bay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bay. 18% of Bay men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Bay women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bay were Truck Driver and Seamstress.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Bay. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Bay. For the veterans among your Bay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bay lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bay in 1944 was 27, and 77 in 2004.

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