Bye Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a bend, for example in a river, from Middle English bye ‘bend’ (from Old English byge, a derivative of bugan ‘to bow’). Reaney suggests that occasionally it may be from an Old English personal name of obscure origin. Norwegian and Swedish: habitational name from any of various farms named By, from Old Norse býr ‘farm’.

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

Similar surnames: Rye, Lye, Boe, Tye, Nye, Boye, Pye, Bee, Pyle, Hyde

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Bye Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bye name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bye. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


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Bye Family Origin

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Bye Family Occupations

What did your Bye ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bye occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Bye's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bye. A less common occupation for the Bye family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Bye Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bye. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bye census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bye. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Bye. For the veterans among your Bye ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bye Life Expectancy

What is the average Bye lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bye in 1940 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bye ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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