Bly Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Bligh. German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German bli ‘lead’. Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij. Swedish: possibly German in origin (see 2 above) or a soldier’s name. Americanized form of a Norwegian habitational name from a farmstead in Hardanger named Bleie, from a river name from Old Norse bleikr ‘gray’, ‘pale’ + vin ‘meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Bley, Bay, Ely, Hoy, Bey, Goy, Bolt, Fey, Ban, Boy

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Bly Family Origin

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Bly Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bly. A less common occupation for the Bly family was Farming. The most common Bly occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Bly's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Farming

    4%

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Bly Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Bly Life Expectancy

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Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bly in 1946 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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